Israel to hold presidential vote Tuesday
By Abdel-Raouf Arnaout, Monday, June 09, 2014
JERUSALEM – Speaker of the Knesset (Israel's parliament) Yuli Edelstein on Monday said Israeli presidential elections would be held on Tuesday according to schedule, the Knesset website said.
Around 120 Knesset members will vote in a secret ballot to select the self-proclaimed Jewish state's tenth president.
Five candidates are vying for the post: Reuven Rivlin, a former Knesset member; Dalia Itzik, a former acting president; Meir Sheetrit, a Knesset member; Dalia Dorner, a former Supreme Court justice; and Nobel Prize winner Dan Shechtman.
According to the Israeli media, Rivlin – who enjoys the support of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – is considered the frontrunner.
The post of Israel's president is a ceremonial one, generally limited to accepting the credentials of foreign diplomats, receiving foreign guests and granting amnesties.
The president also mandates the party that wins the majority of Knesset seats with forming a government.
The new president will succeed Shimon Peres, whose seven-year term is set to expire next month.
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