The Israeli parliament has elected Likud’s Reuven Rivlin as the 10th president of Israel.
He will succeed Shimon Peres, who ends his seven-year tenure in July at the age of 90.
Rivlin is a former minister of communications and twice speaker of the Knesset.
He defeated Meir Sheetrit after a second round of voting by 63 to 53 in a secret ballot.
The role of president is largely ceremonial and Rivlin will not be involved in talks with the Palestinians.
The 74-year-old was first elected to the Knesset in 1988.
Rivlin will be sworn in on July 24.
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