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6 candidates apply for Israel presidential race

English.news.cn   2014-05-27 21:48:29

JERUSALEM, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Six candidates applied for the Israeli presidential race on Tuesday in bid to replace reigning President Shimon Peres in July.

The six nominees filed their applications to the Knesset ( Israeli parliament) Speaker Yuli Edelstein, who oversees the elections. On June 10, members of the Knesset will vote for a president. If there won't be a nominee who will garner more than 60 (out of 120) votes, there will be second round of election.

In order to file the application and run for the presidency, the nominees must get 10 Knesset members to sign their applications.

The six nominees include MK Reuven Rivlin, a veteran member of the right-wing Likud Party, Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, a veteran member of the Labor party and former defense minister, former Knesset speaker Dalia Itzik and MK Meir Sheetrit from Tzipi Livni's Hatnua Party.

In addition, there are two nominees from outside the political sphere who presented their nominations -- former Supreme Court Justice Dalia Dorner and Nobel Laureate Professor Dan Shechtman.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not endorsed any candidate for the presidency as yet.

The tenure of current President Shimon Peres would expire on July 27. The role of the president in Israel is mainly ceremonial without much executive power.

Peres held the position in 2007, replacing Israeli President Moshe Katzav, who was found guilty of rape and sexual offenses charges and has been serving jail time since 2011.

Earlier this month, President Peres slammed attempts made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to curb the powers of the presidency institution, as well as delay the elections, as Netanyahu did not yet find a candidate to support.

Editor: Xiang Bo
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