The winner of the closely watched mayoral contest in Nazareth, the nation’s
largest Arab city, between incumbent Ramiz Jaraisy (Hadash), a communist
Christian, Arab nationalist MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) and Deputy Mayor Ali Salam
was not known on Wednesday night.
There were reports early in the morning
that Jaraisy won, but the Interior Ministry later clarified that the vote was
Salam, who had worked with Jaraisy for the past 20 years, this
year decided to leave Hadash and create his own party.
According to the
Israeli- Arab website Bokra, Salam is in the lead.
In Kafr Kasim, 20 km.
east of Tel Aviv, Adel Badir won with 47 percent of the vote.
He told the
The Jerusalem Post
earlier he was confident after gaining the support of most of
the families in the city, and he was also backed by the Islamic Movement in
Israel. Sami Issawi come in second with 33%. Incumbent Mayor Nadir Sarsour came
in last with 20%.
In Umm el-Fahm, in Wadi Ara, a stronghold of the
Islamic Movement, it said it would not endorse any candidate, though many
believe it quietly supported the eventual winner, Khaled Hamdan.
Kara, northeast of Hadera and west of Umm el-Fahm, had the highest turnout in
the Arab sector with more than 94% of those eligible voting.
In Tamra, in
the Lower Galilee, the vote was split among nine candidates.
Since no one
received 40%, there will be a second round on November 5.
founder and CEO of Bokra.net, told the Post that in the North, families and
clans were playing a bit less of a role compared to in past
She pointed out that Arab women did well in these elections.
For example, in mostly Jewish Upper Nazareth, Arabs took three spots on the city
council, with one going to a woman. In the mixed city of Haifa, three Arabs, one
of them a woman, won places on the council.
The Arab sector had a low
turnout in Haifa, either because they did not have faith in the Arab parties, or
in the municipality, Ghada said.
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