Netanyahu Seeks for 5th Term In Office

Polls opened in Israel on Tuesday in a vote that could see conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu elected to a record fifth term in office, according to Aawsat.com reports.

The election will be in many ways a referendum on the 69-year-old leader who has built a reputation as the guarantor of the country’s security and economic growth, but whose populism and alleged corruption have left many ready for a change.

He faces stiff competition from an ex-general who has pledged clean government and social cohesion.

Polling stations opened at 7 am (0400 GMT) across the country and close at 10 pm (1900 GMT). But the victor may not be decided immediately.