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Israeli Knesset member Reuven Rivlin shakes hands with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they attends a Likud party meeting in the Israeli 'Knesset' Parliament, in Jerusalem, Monday. / Abir Sultan, epa

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's parliament has chosen Reuven Rivlin, a stalwart in the ruling Likud Party, as the country's next president.

It chose Rivlin, a former parliament speaker and Cabinet minister, in a secret runoff ballot Tuesday, over longtime legislator Meir Sheetrit, by 63 to 53.

Rivlin now faces the difficult task of succeeding Shimon Peres, a Nobel peace laureate who brought the position international prestige.

The job of the presidency is largely ceremonial. But Rivlin's political views could be a liability.

He opposes the creation of a Palestinian state, putting him at odds with the international community and even his own prime minister.



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