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Isaac Herzog elected as new president of Israel, succeeding Rivlin

The Israeli Knesset voted to elect former Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog to the post of President of the State, replacing Reuven Rivlin.

Herzog, 60, will become the 11th president of the State of Israel, after 87 of the 120 Knesset members voted for him in a secret vote organized today, Wednesday.

Herzog's opponent in the vote, social activist Miriam Peretz, received only 27 votes.

Herzog, who is the son of Israel's sixth president, Chaim Herzog, is known for his support for the settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of the principle of a two-state solution.

Herzog will serve as President of Israel for seven years.