Israel’s parliament has elected former opposition leader Isaac Herzog as president of the country.
The 60-year-old won on Wednesday by 87 votes to 26 against 67-year-old teacher and activist Miriam Peretz. Herzog to take over the presidency from Reuven Rivlin on July 9.
Herzog had led the Labour Party since 2013. His father Chaim Herzog was Israel’s president from 1983-93.
In 2018, he became chairman of the aid organisation Jewish Agency, which was responsible for immigration to Israel, among other things.
The president has a primarily representative function in Israel.
The most important tasks were pardoning prisoners and issuing a mandate to form a government.
He was elected by parliament every seven years in a secret ballot.