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Isaac Herzog, veteran Labor politician and scion of a prominent family, elected President of Israel-World News , Happy Easterday

Isaac Herzog, veteran Labor politician and scion of a distinguished household, elected President of Israel-World Information , Blissful Easterday

The 60-year-old Opposition chief unsuccessfully ran in opposition to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu within the 2013 parliamentary elections

File picture of Isaac Herzog. AFP

Jerusalem: Isaac Herzog, a veteran politician and the scion of a distinguished Israeli household, was elected president Tuesday, a largely ceremonial position that’s meant to function the nation’s ethical compass and promote unity.

The nameless vote was held among the many 120 members of the Knesset, or parliament. Herzog shall be Israel’s eleventh president, succeeding Reuven Rivlin, who is ready to go away workplace subsequent month after seven years in workplace.

Herzog, 60, is a former head of Israel’s Labor Celebration and Opposition chief who unsuccessfully ran in opposition to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu within the 2013 parliamentary elections.

He’s scion of a distinguished Zionist household. His father, Chaim Herzog, was Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations earlier than being elected president. His uncle, Abba Eban, was Israel’s first overseas minister and ambassador to the United Nations and United States. His grandfather was the nation’s first chief rabbi.

Herzog defeated Miriam Peretz, an educator who’s seen as a down-to-earth outsider. She was additionally seen as nearer to the nation’s dominant conservative and nationalist political camp.

Herzog has served as head of the Jewish Company, a non-profit that works carefully with the federal government to advertise immigration to Israel, for the previous three years since resigning from parliament. He was extensively seen because the favorite due to his deep ties to the political institution. He’ll maintain workplace for a single seven-year time period beginning 9 July.

The president, whereas largely a ceremonial Head of State, is tasked with tapping a political occasion chief to kind governing coalitions after parliamentary elections. Israel has held 4 nationwide elections up to now two years amid a protracted political disaster.

Netanyahu’s opponents confronted a midnight deadline Wednesday to place collectively a brand new coalition authorities. In the event that they fail, the nation may very well be plunged into one other election marketing campaign.

The president additionally has the facility to grant pardons — making a doubtlessly delicate state of affairs as Netanyahu stands trial for a sequence of corruption prices.

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Updated: June 2, 2021 — 4:59 pm

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