Israel PM faces party vote ahead of snap elections

Israeli right-wing activist Yehuda Glick -- who is also running for the Likud party's list for the March 17 election -- casts his vote at a polling station during the party primaries elections in Jerusalem, on December 31, 2014Members of Israel’s ruling rightwing Likud voted Wednesday for their party leader, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeking another term at the helm ahead of early elections in March. The primary, in which 96,651 members were eligible to vote, was the first electoral hurdle for Netanyahu, who is hoping to secure a third consecutive term in office. Political analysts say Netanyahu is expected to win the vote in the face of a single challenger, Danny Danon, a former deputy defence minister and outspoken member of Likud party’s far-right fringe. Members also voted to determine the frontrunners on the party list for the March 17 general election.

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