Israel’s general elections: Herzog emerges winner, becomes 11th president

Obinwannem News Israel's general elections: Herzog emerges winner, becomes 11th president

Isaac Herzog has been elected to succeed Reuven Rivlin as the 11th President of Isreal on Tuesday.

Herzog defeated Miriam Peretz with 87:27 vote, becoming first son of a former president to become president.

The anonymous vote was held among the 120 members of the parliament (Kinesset). He is to replace Reuven Rivlin, who is set to leave office next month, after seven years in office.

“I will be the president of everyone,” Herzorg said, singling out Isreal across the political spectrum.

Herzog, alongside Netanyahu, said he was prepared to work with any government, and any prime minister.

Mr Herzog, 60, was a former head of Israel’s Labour Party, and opposition lead, who unsuccessfully ran against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in the 2013 parliamentary elections.

Herzog came from a prominent Zionist family. His father, Chaim Herzog, was Israel’s ambassador to the United Nation, before being elected president. His uncle, Abba Eban, was Israel’s first foreign minister, and Ambassador to the United Nations, and United States. His grand father was the country’s first chief rabbi.

Mr Herzorg, defeated Miriam Peretz, an educator, who is seen as a down-to-earth outsider. He was also seen as closer to the country dormant consecutive and Nationalist political camp.

Mr Herzorg has served as head of the Jewish Agency; a non-profit organization that works closely with the government to promote immigration to Isreal, for the past three years, since resigning from parliament.

He would hold office, for a single year term, starting from July 9, 2021.

Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News | June 2, 2021

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