Isaac Herzog elected as Israeli president

Jerusalem, Jun 2 (EFE).- Israel’s former opposition leader Isaac Herzog was elected as the president of the country during a parliamentary session on Wednesday.

The 60-year-old won after he received 87 of 120 votes, defeating activist Miriam Peretz.

Herzog will take over from Reuven Rivlin on July 9.

Israel’s caretaker prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Herzog on Twitter, wishing him success on behalf of all Israeli citizens.

The president fulfils mainly ceremonial functions in Israel and gets elected every seven years in a secret ballot.

Among the presidential tasks is issuing a mandate to form a government, a process in which Rivlin had taken part repeatedly in the past two years following four general elections and a long political deadlock.EFE


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