Likud's Rivlin elected as Israel's 10th president
Published Tuesday 10/06/2014 (updated) 11/06/2014 22:35
Israeli presidential candidate and former minister and Knesset
Speaker Reuven Rivlin, a veteran member of Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu's rightwing Likud party, speaks to the
press on June 9, 2014 in Jerusalem.(AFP/File Gali Tibbon)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Reuven Rivlin, a far-right member of Israel's ruling Likud, was on Tuesday elected by parliament to be the nation's 10th president when Shimon Peres steps down in July, the speaker said.
Announcing the results of a run-off vote, parliamentary speaker Yuli Edelstein said Rivlin had defeated his centrist challenger Meir Sheetrit by 63 votes to 53 in a secret ballot of the Knesset's 120 MPs.