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Jershon Agron Elected Mayor of Jerusalem; Levanon Wins in Tel Aviv

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Gershon Agron, founder and editor of the Jerusalem Post, only English-language daily in Israel, was elected Mayor of Jerusalem last night. The vote for the 62-year-old Mapai leader was II for, five against and five abstentions. The five against were divided between Dr. Arieh Altman, Herut, and Abraham Kaariv, Mizrachi.

In Haifa. Mayor Aba Khushi has been re-elected by a majority of 13-5. He has the support of a bloc consisting of Mapai, Achdut Avoda, Mapam, Progressives and the religious parties.

In Tel Aviv, today, the incumbent Mayor, General Zionist Chaim Levanon, was re-elected despite the fact that for the first time in many years the Mapai received more votes than the General Zionists in that city. In the face of an appeal by the Mapai not to split a “traditional” labor alliance between the Mapai and the Poale Mizrachi, the latter and the Mizrachi decided to throw their support to Mr. Levanon. On the last elimination ballot, Golda Myerson, Mapai, had 15 votes to Mr. Levanon’s 14, but because two religious councilors had abstained neither could obtain the necessary majority of 16.

In Ramat Gan Abraham Krinitz, the incumbent General Zionist has been re-elected; in Hadera Mapai leader Yitzhak Widerker has been named Mayor; in Holon another Mapai councilor, P. Aylon, has been elected, and still another Mapai choice, Y. Gadish, is the new mayor of Acre. Fourteen other municipalities still have to elect mayors.

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