The Israeli parliament has elected Likud’s Reuven Rivlin as the country’s 10th president.
Rivlin, a former communications minister, twice served as speaker of the Knesset.
He defeated Meir Sheetrit by 63 to 53 after a second vote in a secret ballot.
The 74-year old will be sworn in on July 24.
The role of president of Israel is largely ceremonial, still his election to the position has caused dismay among Palestinians.
Abdallah Abdallah, is a member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council:
“I don’t see that he’ll contribute anything to peace making in the region. He’s opposed to the two state solution thus far he has never made any comment on how he can take the Israeli occupation out of the territories occupied in 1967.”
Reuven Rivlin succeeds Shimon Peres, who ends his seven-year term in July at the age of 90.
Peres twice served as Israeli prime minister and twice as interim prime minister in a political career spanning 66 years.