Isaac Herzog elected as Israel’s new president

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Former center-left politician Isaac Herzog has been elected as the 11th president of Israel on Wednesday.

As now president Reuven Rivlin’s term is set to end on July 9 Herzog will take over from his predecessor.

Herzog is also set to mark the history of becoming the first second-generation President of the country after winning 87 votes of Knesset’s 120.

“It is essential, really essential, to tend to the open wounds that have been opened in our society recently,” Herzog said in parliament, accepting the appointment.

Herzog, a lawyer, is the son of the late Israeli president Chaim Herzog, who also served as his country’s ambassador to the United Nations.

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