LATEST NEWS: Isaac Herzog is Israel’s new president

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The Israeli Assembly has chosen the successor of President Reuevn Rivlin, whose term expires on July 9.

Israel’s parliament elected Isaac Herzog, head of the Jewish Agency and former leader of the Labor Party, as the country’s new president.

In the written statement made by the Presidency of the Assembly, it was indicated that the election of the President would be by the method of secret ballot held at the General Assembly.

In the statement, it was stated that “the deputies will elect the new president of the State of Israel today”.

Former Labor Party chairman Isaac Herzog and Moroccan-born Zionist activist Miriam Peretz, who lives in the Jewish settlement of Givat Ze’ev between the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, are vying for the vote.

The president’s powers are limited to pardoning prisoners, accepting credentials from ambassadors, and appointing representatives to form governments.

The Israeli Assembly is made up of 120 deputies directly elected by the people.

WHO IS ISAAC HERZOG?

The head of the Jewish Agency, Herzog, 60, is the son of the country’s 6th president, Chaim Herzog, who served from 1983 to 1993.

Isaac Herzog led the Labor Party from 2013 to 2017.

Herzog will take office after current President Reuven Rivlin’s term expires on July 9.

The president, who is elected for 7 years in Israel, has limited and symbolic powers, unlike the prime minister, who is endowed with broad powers.

The president’s powers are limited to pardoning prisoners, accepting credentials from ambassadors, and appointing representatives to form governments.

The Israeli Assembly is made up of 120 deputies directly elected by the people.

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