Moshe Lyon was elected Mayor of Jerusalem on Tuesday after a dramatic turnaround that saw him as a secular challenger of Ofer Berkovic all night long by as much as 10 percent before his death was proclaimed him a winner by about 6,000 votes or 3 percent after 1 hour
Lyon, 57, is replaced by outgoing Mayor Nir Barkata, who has headed two terms since 2008.
"I will be the mayor of all the citizens of Jerusalem," Lav said at 2 am in the banquet hall of the industrial zone Talpiot in his first speech to the mayor. "Those who chose me and those who are not. Now is the time to behave. We are facing the challenges in this incredible city."
Lyon is the former Director General of the Prime Minister's Office, President of the Israeli Railway and Head of the Jerusalem Development Office and a member of the City Council in Jerusalem. This is the second time he was in the municipal elections in Jerusalem after losing in 2013 in Barkat.
Berkovic, an independent candidate who founded the Avakening movement in Jerusalem, said his legal advisors would investigate irregularities in the vote. Voices of soldiers and prisoners have yet to be counted.
Lyon was elected despite the latest struggle of world and national religious communities that supported Berkovic in an effort to keep control of the Holy City from the ultralongological.
Sahara Council of Sahara Agudat Iisrael decided not to support any of the candidates, but the Shas and Degel Hatorah factions of the United Judaism Party supported Lew, opening the way to his victory. Lyon also enjoyed the support of Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman.
Secular and exceptionally Orthodox citizens from Jerusalem have been fighting the influence of religion in the city for years, leading to cultural struggles over fun places open on Saturday, the opening of new secular schools and kindergartens and the gay parade of pride in the city center.
The Jerusalem population of 850,000 includes about 200,000 Jewish secular Jews, 350,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews, and 300,000 Palestinians with a boycott of Israeli elections.
The first round of municipal elections on October 30 was originally five candidates, including Ze'kova Elkina, the current government minister for environmental protection and the minister for issues from Jerusalem, who lost it despite being backed by Prime Minister Netanyahu. Elkin won 19.8% of the vote while Moshe Lyon won 33.3% of the vote, Ofer Berkovitch 28.8%, Iossi Daitch, Ashkenazi Haredi, 17.2% and Barcat Avi Salman's 0,8% of the vote . Municipalities, in which no candidate won more than 40% of the votes in the first round, went to the second round of voting.
In addition to Jerusalem, 55 municipalities and nearly two million people went to the second round on Tuesday night. In Ramat Gan, the current mayor of Israel Zinger was defeated former Likud MK Carmel Shama Cohen. In Rishon Lezion, the fourth largest city in Israel, the current mayor Dov Tzur lost Raza Kinestalich and Gush Etzion, the current head of the council Shlomo Neumann won Moshe Seville.