Israel’s parliament to elect a new president

Five candidates – three of them politicians and two women – are bidding for a majority of 120 lawmakers for the post of President of Israel, to succeed Shimon Peres. Failing a majority, the vote goes to a second round there and then. The post is contested by two former Speakers, MKs Reuven Rivlin and Dalia Itzkik, former minister MK Meir Sheetrit, Former Supreme Court Judge Dalia Dorner and Nobel Prize Laureate for Chemistry Prof. Dan Shechtman. The post of head of state is largely ceremonial in Israel, except for two prerogatives: Tapping the most likely candidate to form a government after a general election, and issuing pardons on the recommendation of the Justice Minister.

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