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Israeli Parliament votes on successor for President Shimon Peres

Published on Jun 10, 2014 6:57 PM
 
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) casts his ballot for the presidential election at the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, in Jerusalem on June 10, 2014. Israel's Parliament voted on Tuesday for a new head of state to succeed President Shimon Peres after a scandal-tinged race for a largely ceremonial post that is supposed to serve as a moral authority for the nation. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's Parliament voted on Tuesday for a new head of state to succeed President Shimon Peres after a scandal-tinged race for a largely ceremonial post that is supposed to serve as a moral authority for the nation.

None of the five candidates to take over from Mr Peres, a Nobel peace prize laureate whose term expires next month, captured the required 61 votes in the 120-seat legislature, to win outright, and a run-off will be held later in the day. In the second round, Mr Reuven Rivlin, a former speaker of Parliament who garnered 44 votes, will face Mr Meir Sheetrit, an experienced centrist politician, who took 31.

Mr Rivlin, 74, is a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party. He has a reputation for political independence, opposes Palestinian statehood and has had a rocky relationship with the Israeli leader.

Mr Sheetrit, a one-time ally of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, has headed six ministries during his lengthy career, including the finance and interior ministries. He is a member of the moderate Hatnuah party, which is in the ruling coalition.

 
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