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Israel lawmakers elect Isaac Herzog as new president

Israeli politician Isaac Herzog on 22 June 2017 [JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images]
Israeli politician Isaac Herzog on 22 June 2017 [JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images]

Israeli Members of the Knesset today voted Isaac Herzog as the new president as Reuven Rivlin's term has come to an end.

According to the Knesset website, Herzog becomes the occupation state's 11th president following a secret ballot .

Two candidates ran for the post; Isaac Herzog, a former Labour Party leader, and Miriam Peretz, an educator and social activist who lives in the illegal Israeli settlement of Giv'at Ze'ev, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem.

The president's powers include accepting credentials of new ambassadors, assigning lawmakers to form the government and issuing amnesties to prisoners. The post is held for seven years.

Isaac Herzog

Isaac Herzog

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