Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was elected to another term as leader of the ruling Likud party ahead of a snap election, his group said Thursday.According to Ma’an News Agency, Netanyahu is seeking a third straight stint in office, and a fourth in total. He has been in power since 2009, following a first term in 1996-1999.

Turnout was more than 53 percent, according to an official estimate released soon after polls closed.

‘With nearly 60 percent of the ballots counted, Benjamin Netanyahu took 80 percent of the vote and Danny Danon 20 percent,’ Likud spokeswoman Noga Katz told AFP, adding that the final results would be known later Thursday.

The Likud party’s 96,651 members also voted to determine front runners on the party list for the March 17 general election.

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