Reuven Rivlin elected president of Israel

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Reuven Rivlin elected president of Israel

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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.