Yeshiva World News
MK Reuven Rivlin (Likud) was voted Israel’s 10th president on Tuesday, receiving the support of 63 Knesset members in a runoff vote against MK Meir Sheetrit (Hatnuah).
The voting in Knesset began at 11:00 on Tuesday morning, 12 Sivan 5774. The 120 Members of Knesset have the right to vote to elect Israel’s tenth president. A majority is required.
In the first round of voting earlier in the day, the candidates with the most votes were Reuven Rivlin and Meir Sheetrit, who moved to the second final round.
There were a total of 116 valid votes in round two. Zero were disqualified, and three “white (blank papers) ballots” In the final second round the race was won by Reuven Rivlin, who received 63 votes. Meir Sheetrit received 53 votes.
The president is elected to a seven year term. The current president, Shimon Peres, will be stepping down this summer.