Israel Eyes End Of An Era As PM And President Change

Isaac Herzog would replace Reuven Rivlin as the President next month. Opposition leader Yair Lapid announced the deal to oust PM Netanyahu on Wednesday.

Israel is set have new faces as President and Prime Minister in the next few weeks to come. 

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Israel President

Isaac Herzog will succeed the outgoing President Reuven Rivlin next month. He will be the 11th president for Israel. Herzog was elected as the President in a secret ballot held in the Israel’s parliament, Knesset. He secured a majority of 87 votes out of total 120 votes. He will officially start his seven-year term as President beginning on July 9, 2021.

Herzog will the first President who is the son of a former President, Chaim Herzog. Chaim Herzog served as Israel’s Head of State between 1983 and 1993.

Ironically, Herzog was Netanyahu’s opponent in the 2015 elections for prime minister. 

Herzog began his political career as the Cabinet Secretary to Prime Minister Ehud Barak between 1999 and 2000.

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Israel Prime Minister

Opposition leader Yair Lapid announced the deal on Wednesday in just last minutes before a midnight deadline to form a new coalition.

Benjamin Netanyahu. the longest serving Prime Minister in Israel’s political history. In the next few days, the motley coalition will oust the veteran leader Netanyahu.

At present, the prospective coalition commands a slender majority in parliament. but its just on paper. Real test come when the coalition seek a vote of confidence in the Israel’s parliament, which is unlikely to happen for several days.

However, political analysts suggest that the 71-year-old is unlikely to allow his record 12 straight years to end without a messy fight.

It is to be remembered that Benjamin Netanyahu is facing a threat of possible jail time hanging over him in his ongoing trial on corruption charges.

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