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May 4, 2012 2:00 am

Netanyahu Favorite for September Elections, Likud Expected to Consolidate Power

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Israeli PM Bejnamin Netanyahu (left) with President Obama (right). Photo: wiki commons.

Chicago Tribune/Reuters – Israel is expected to hold early elections on September 4 after the ruling Likudparty submitted a bill to dissolve parliament, with opinion polls on Thursday giving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a clear lead.

Although a national vote was not due until 2013, tensions within Netanyahu’s rightist coalition over domestic issues, such as military draft for ultra-orthodox Jews, have convinced the prime minister to push for a pre-emptive ballot.

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