Israel's Netanyahu asks for 'clear mandate' in early election

December 3, 2014 12:07 PM

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Israel's Netanyahu asks for 'clear mandate' in early election

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appealed on Wednesday for a "clear mandate" from voters in the early election he called, with opinion polls showing the right-wing leader on track for a fourth term.

A day after Netanyahu fired centrist members of his feuding governing coalition, faction leaders in parliament agreed on a March 17 date for the election and legislators approved the Knesset's dissolution in a preliminary vote.

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