Veteran leader Isaac Herzog became the 11th President of Israel, defeating Educator Miriam Peretz

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Presidential elections were held in Israel on Wednesday in which veteran leader Isaac Herzog won and became the country’s 11th president. In these elections, 120 MPs in the country’s parliament, the Knesset, voted to elect the new President. Academician Miriam Peretz stood in front of Isaac in the race for the presidency. Herzog (60) is a former chairman of the Labor Party of Israel and leader of the opposition.

He had earlier stood against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the 2013 parliamentary election but was defeated. Isaac belongs to one of the prestigious families of the country. At the same time, Peretz (67) is of nationalist ideology. Had she won the election, she would have been the first woman to grace the post. To win, at least 61 votes were needed in the 120-member Knesset.

Herzog’s seven-year term will begin on July 9. Current President Reuven Rivlin is due to step down next month. On Wednesday, opponents of Prime Minister Netanyahu are trying to form a coalition government to end his 12-year rule. Netanyahu is Israel’s longest-serving prime minister.

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