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Israel sets June date to elect President Shimon Peres' successor
Israel sets June date to elect President Shimon Peres' successor

Israel's presidential election will be held June 10, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein announced Monday, putting an end to uncertainty about the future of the important though largely ceremonial position. Candidates have just over a week to qualify by securing the signatures of 10 lawmakers backing their candidacy, kicking off an intense scramble to garner the necessary political support. President Shimon Peres, perhaps Israel’s most iconic living public figure, will step down in July, shortly before his 91st birthday. Among those vying to fill his shoes are several veteran politicians, including two lawmakers who have already obtained the required signatures: Reuven Rivlin and...

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