Jerusalem Mayor Wins a Second Term

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- A low voter turnout didn't stop Jerusalemites from reelecting Mayor Nir Barkat for a second five-year term Tuesday.

Local news called it a dramatic win over ultra-Orthodox contender Moshe Lion, who moved to Jerusalem a few months before the election and had hoped to unite the city's Haredi population against Barkat.

In comments following the election, Barkat said Jerusalemites had given him a mandate to continue.

Barkat, who is not religious, has distinguished himself in trying to make Jerusalem a city for all its residents -- religious and non-religious -- to attract tourists of every background through an annual marathon and other activities.

Overall, a majority of incumbent mayors were reelected countrywide.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai won a fourth term in office and Beersheba residents reelected Mayor Ruvik Danilovich by more than 92 percent of the vote. Haifa residents chose incumbent Mayor Yona Yahav for another term.

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