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Israel Likud party leadership primary hampered by technical problems

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Severe computer problems have delayed results of an election within Israel’s right-wing Likud party to decide candidates for parliamentary elections in January.

Voting for the 123,000 party members was kept open for an extra two hours to compensate.

Despite the technical breakdowns at several polling stations, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah were able to cast their ballots at a settlement north of Jerusalem.

Some candidates have called for the election to be postponed completely. The electoral commission is also considering allowing an extra day of voting on Monday.

Political analysts are watching to see if the party leans further to the right because of public anger over last week’s truce deal which ended Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.