JERUSALEM, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Nir Barkat, Jerusalem's secular mayoral candidate, won the municipal election Wednesday, claiming 52 percent of the vote over ultra-Orthodox Meir Porush.
Porush was second with 43 percent of the vote, Arcadi Gaydamak earned 3.6 percent and Dan Biron received less than 1 percent with all polling places having reported, Haaretz said.
"Tonight Jerusalem has won, tonight Israel has won, tonight the Jewish people have won," the mayor-elect said. "Victory belongs to all those who love and cherish this special and amazing city of ours, the Jewish people's eternal capital."
The election was largely boycotted by Palestinians, who make up about a third of Jerusalem's population, The New York Times reported.
Jerusalem will have a secular leader after five years under Uri Lupolianski, they city's first ultra-Orthodox mayor, the Times reported. Barkat lost to Lupolianski in the 2003 mayoral race and sat in opposition on the city council for a few years.