Around 3:30 on Wednesday morning, Nir Barkat arrived at a post-election celebration in a local Jerusalem nightclub and delivered his victory speech in front of hundreds of fervent supporters, who had gathered to celebrate his reelection as Jerusalem’s mayor for another five-year term.

An hour earlier, Barkat’s opponent Moshe Lion conceded defeat in a toughly contested race, which saw Barkat win by a 6-percent margin, or a gap of around 12,000 votes.

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