Israel chooses Rivlin as President

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Israel chooses Rivlin as President

Israel chooses Rivlin as President

Israel’s parliament chose Reuven Rivlin, a veteran politician, as the country’s next president. Rivlin, a stalwart in the governing Likud Party, now faces the difficult task of succeeding Shimon Peres, a Nobel peace laureate who became an all-star on the international stage.
While the presidency is largely ceremonial, Rivlin’s political views could be a liability when he represents the country overseas. The president is meant to serve as a unifying figure and moral compass for the country, and Rivlin has said that in contrast to Peres, he would focus on domestic affairs if selected to the post.
“I think the people’s will was manifested,” Rivlin said after vote. Rivlin, 74, currently a lawmaker for the right-wing Likud, has previously served as speaker of parliament and as a Cabinet minister. He defeated Meir Sheetrit, another veteran politician, 63 to 53, in a secret runoff ballot. Three other candidates were eliminated in a first round of voting in the 120-member parliament earlier in the day.

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