Jun 10, 2014 10:09 AM by Associated Press
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's parliament has chosen Reuven Rivlin, a stalwart in the ruling Likud Party, as the country's next president.
It chose Rivlin, a former parliament speaker and Cabinet minister, in a secret runoff ballot Tuesday, over longtime legislator Meir Sheetrit, by 63 to 53.
Rivlin now faces the difficult task of succeeding Shimon Peres, a Nobel peace laureate who brought the position international prestige.
The job of the presidency is largely ceremonial. But Rivlin's political views could be a liability.
He opposes the creation of a Palestinian state, putting him at odds with the international community and even his own prime minister.
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