Israel's President Shimon Peres speaks during a press conference in Oslo, on 13 May, 2014. Peres was elected to the presidency after a vote by the Knesset in July 2007.
Israel's President Shimon Peres speaks during a press conference in Oslo, on 13 May, 2014. Peres was elected to the presidency after a vote by the Knesset in July 2007. © Larsen, Hakon Mosvold - Scanpix/AFP/File
Israel's President Shimon Peres speaks during a press conference in Oslo, on 13 May, 2014. Peres was elected to the presidency after a vote by the Knesset in July 2007.
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Last updated: May 19, 2014

Israel parliament to choose new president on June 10

Israeli lawmakers will elect a successor to outgoing President Shimon Peres on June 10, parliamentary speaker Yuli Edelstein told reporters on Monday.

Edelstein's announcement marks the official start of the race for the position, which has been held by Peres since 2007.

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