Haifa elects Einat Kalush in local vote, no change in Tel Aviv, runoff in Jerusalem

Einat Kalush, 48, roundly defeated Yonah Yahav, three-term Mayor of Haifa, in the 251 municipal and local elections that took place on Tuesday. With a PhD in urban planning, Kalush will be first female mayor of one of Israel’s three big cities. Ron Huldai won a fifth term as Mayor of Tel Aviv, where the turnout of 60 pc was the highest in the country. In Jerusalem, where the turnout of 34 pc was well below the 55 pc national average, two of the four candidates, Moshe Liyon and Ofer Berkowitz, go to second round on Nov. 13.  Zeev Elkin, Minister for Jerusalem, who ran in a municipal vote for the first time, came in fourth.  A national holiday was declared on Tuesday and the eligible voting age dropped to 17  in an effort to boost the turnout.

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