Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin will remain in his position for two more years before running for president in 2014. Rivlin agreed with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that if the Likud won the upcoming elections, Rivlin would be the party’s candidate to be Israel’s number one citizen.
Israel’s president is elected by the Knesset.
According to a report by Israel National News, whether elected or not, Rivlin will resign from his Knesset seat one month after the June 14, 2014, presidential election. If he is not elected to replace current President Shimon Peres, he will retire from political life altogether at that time.
One possible replacement for Rivlin as Knesset speaker is current Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, Yoel (Yuli) Edelstein.
Rivlin has served as the Knesset speaker since 2009.