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Israeli PM wins party leadership

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won the leadership race of his Likud Party over his ultra-nationalist rival.

Likud spokesman Yigal Movermacher said Netanyahu won more than 75% of the vote early on Wednesday.

Mr Netanyahu's victory confirms his leadership over the party at a time of faltering talks with the Palestinians.

The relatively strong showing for his rival Moshe Feiglin suggests many Likud voters consider Mr Netanyahu soft on peacemaking with the Palestinians.

Ahead of the vote Tuesday, Mr Netanyahu approved new incentives to entice people to move to West Bank settlements.

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