Edelstein denies reports he wants to be Knesset Speaker

October 22, 2012 15:40

Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli Edelstein denied wanting to replace Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin on Monday.

Following a meeting between Edelstein and Rivlin on Sunday, Likud insiders said the two discussed the possibility of the former replacing the latter as Knesset Speaker in 2014, when President Shimon Peres finishes his term.

Rivlin has repeatedly said he wants to be the next president, and ran for the position in 2007.

A source close to Edelstein confirmed that the minister met with Rivlin on Monday to discuss political strategy, but expressed outrage at reports that he would be Knesset Speaker.

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