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    On 26 December, voters supporting Israel's right-wing Likud Party headed to polling stations in order to determine who will lead their party in the upcoming general election in early 2020.

    Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu has won the Likud Party primaries with 72.5 percent of the votes, the results of the exit polls showed on Friday.

    Earlier exit polls showed Netanyahu was winning the primaries by a landslide with 71.52 percent of the votes, while his political rival Gideon Saar gained only 28.48 percent at that moment.

    Following the results of the early exit polls, Netanyahu took to Twitter to promise to lead his party to victory in the upcoming 2020 election.

    Saar, who challenged the premier's leadership on Friday primaries, is more hawkish on Palestinian issues, as he rejects a two-state solution, opting for a deal involving Jordan instead. Netanyahu is known as "Mr Security" and the man who transformed the Israeli economy.

    It was the first Likud primaries in five years.

    Netanyahu has been in the midst of a political crisis lately after he failed to secure a Likud party majority in the Knesset in two recent elections, while he also didn't succeed both times in negotiating a broader coalition with the opposition. 

    In April, Netanyahu's party won the poll but fell short of obtaining the majority needed to form a government. In the second election held in September, the Likud Party also failed to secure a majority in the Knesset.

    The new snap general election is scheduled for March 2020 and will become the third parliamentary election in less than a year - an unprecedented case in the political history of Israel.

    The Israeli premier has also been indicted on three charges -  bribery, breach of trust and fraud, which Netanyahu has repeatedly dismissed as an "attempted coup" to take power from him. His wife Sara is also facing charges of corruption.

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