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Netanyahu wins primaries

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday defeated MK Gideon Sa’ar in the primaries for the leadership of the Likud and will continue to lead the party in the elections to the 23rd Knesset.

A final tally of the votes found that Netanyahu won 72.5% of the votes, compared to 27.5% for Sa’ar.

The voter turnout in the primaries was 49.15%.

After the final results were published, Sa’ar called Netanyahu and congratulated him on his victory in the primaries.