Likud's Rivlin defeats Sheetrit, will be tenth president of Israel

Rivlin beats Hatnua MK in second round runoff, winning 63 of 119 votes from MKs; Likud MK will replace Peres when he steps down after seven-year term in July.

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June 10, 2014 15:35
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MK Rivlin and MK Sheetrit

MK Rivlin and MK Sheetrit. (photo credit: GPO)

 
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Likud MK Reuven Rivlin will be the tenth president of Israel after he scored a victory over Hatnua MK Meir Sheetrit in the second round of voting at the Knesset on Tuesday.

Rivlin received 63 votes in the second round, while Sheetrit received 53 votes.

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Rivlin, who won out in a field of five presidential candidates, will replace President Shimon Peres in the position when the 90-year-old steps down on July 27 when his seven year term comes to a close.

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