Israel has a new president: Izchak Herzog. The 60-year-old was elected to office with a large majority. He is following in his father’s footsteps.
In the midst of a political upheaval, Israel’s parliament has elected former opposition leader Izchak Herzog as president. The 60-year-old won on Wednesday with 87 to 26 votes against the 67-year-old teacher and activist Miriam Peretz. On July 9, Herzog will take over from the previous President Reuven Rivlin. The election came shortly before the expected replacement of long-term right-wing conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Herzog has led the Labor Party since 2013. His father Chaim Herzog was already Israel’s president. In 2018 he became chairman of the Jewish Agency, which is responsible, among other things, for immigration to Israel.
The president has a primarily representative function in Israel. The most important tasks are the pardon of prisoners and the issuing of an order to form a government. It is determined by parliament every seven years in a secret ballot.