Netanyahu in tough fight in this year’s second vote

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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fighting to hold on to power, as voters go to the polls in one of its closest election races in years.

He called the snap election after failing to form a governing coalition in the wake of an election in April.

Polls forecast his right-wing Likud party to tie with its main challenger, the centrist Blue, and White party led by former military chief Benny Gantz. Smaller parties could, therefore, have a big say in the final outcome.

Negotiations on the formation of a new coalition are expected to start as soon as voting ends at 22:00 and exit polls are published.

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