The United Kibbutz Movement chose Nir Meir as its new chairman in an election held Tuesday.
Meir, 59, is a third-generation member of Kibbutz Kvutzat Shiller in the Brenner Regional Council near Rehovot. He has held several key posts in the movement over the past 20 years.
In an election with a 35 percent turnout in polling stations in kibbutzim across the country, Meir defeated four other candidates. Each of the candidates went to kibbutzim over the past several weeks to campaign.
Meir said he sees his new post as a great responsibility.
He vowed to make the United Kibbutz Movement a leader in advancing Israel socio-economically.
Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog congratulated Meir, calling him experienced and moral. He said he is a proven man of action and vision.
Meir will replace Eitan Broshi of Kibbutz Gvat, who was elected to the Knesset March 17 as a Zionist Union MK. While past heads of the United Kibbutz Movement have served simultaneously in the Knesset, Broshi declined to do so.
“There are also too many conflicts of interest,” Broshi said.
“They are both important, fulltime jobs.”