Israelis have begun voting in an unprecedented third general election in under a year, which polls predict will end in yet another political deadlock.

Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to stay in power just days before he is due to stand trial on corruption charges. 

More than 6.4 million people are eligible to cast their vote in polling stations that will close at 10pm on Monday, with 14 special stations created for those quarantined over coronavirus.

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Netanyahu fights to stay in power as voting gets underway

Benjamin Netanyahu is battling to stay in power just days before the start of his corruption trial, our middle east correspondent, Bel Trew  reports.  

Since April, Mr Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, has failed twice to form a ruling coalition following two previous inconclusive votes.

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