Netanyahu re-elected to lead Likud

Partial tally shows former Israeli prime minister has 75 per cent of party's vote.

    General elections are due in 2010 but Netanyahu, left,
    could challenge Olmert, right, as early as 2008 [EPA]

    Earlier on Tuesday, analysts said they expected Netanyahu, seen by many as the main challenger to Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, to take more than 50 per cent of votes in the election.
     
    Netanyahu has seen his ratings soar in opinion polls since the rise of Hamas and Israel's war with Hezbollah fighters last year.
     
    Israeli general elections are due in 2010 but, with Olmert's near record low approval ratings, some commentators anticipate a face-off between him and Netanyahu as early as next year.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    When somebody dies lonely and alone, Miyu Kojima steps in to clean their home and organise the mementos of their life.

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    The rise of the Orthodox Church in Russia appears unstoppable, write filmmakers Glen Ellis and Viktoryia Kolchyna who went to investigate the close ties between the church and Putin.

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    Much of India's media spurns a scoop about the son of PM Modi's right-hand man. Plus, NFL as platform for race politics.