Corruption Scandals Netanyahu: Israeli Prime Minister Remains Leader of the Likud Party. Israeli resigning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won the leadership elections of his right-wing party Likud.
Netanyahu is going through a difficult period, with corruption scandals hanging over his head and the political stalemate in the country, but that didn’t stop him from easily beating his opponent.
The result of the elections is clear: the members of Likud stand behind Benjamin Netanyahu.
At least the members who voted, because the turnout was barely 50 percent, partly a result of the stormy weather yesterday. The resigning prime minister won 72 percent of the votes.
His opponent, former Minister of Education and Home Affairs Gideon Saar, had to be satisfied with 28 percent.
Saar wanted to renew the party but failed to break Netanyahu’s power. Saar admitted his defeat and tweeted that he would support Netanyahu to help Likud win the next election in March.