Jewish religious candidate elected Jerusalem’s mayor

FILE PHOTO: Jerusalem mayoral candidate Moshe Lion and his wife cast their votes in the second round of local council elections in Jerusalem

FILE PHOTO: Jerusalem mayoral candidate Moshe Lion and his wife cast their votes in the second round of local council elections in Jerusalem November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Source: Reuters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A religious Jewish candidate won election as mayor of Jerusalem on Wednesday in a run-off against a secular contender for a post that shapes Israel’s rule over the holy city at the heart of its conflict with the Palestinians.

Moshe Lion, a skullcap-wearing bureaucrat favored by two key members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rightist cabinet, defeated Ofer Berkovitch, the 35-year-old deputy mayor, after neither took enough votes in a five-man contest two weeks ago to win outright.

Nearly final results after Tuesday’s run-off gave Lion close to 52 percent of the vote.

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