Ali Salam claims victory over incumbent Ramiz Jaraisi in Nazareth mayor race

A recount of votes in Nazareth showed that Ramiz Jaraisi,the incumbent mayor, lost to Ali Salam, a stunning development that puts an endto Hadash rule in Israel’s largest Arab town.

“I repeatedly asked for a recount because I was sure that Ibeat the mayor by 400 votes,” Salam said. “From my point of view, Hadash rulein the city is over.”

Jaraisi, however, said that it was premature for any side toproclaim victory, and that everyone should wait until official results areposted. According to Jaraisi staff estimates, there are between 10 to 21 votesseparating the two candidates.

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