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Herzog and Peretz exchange warm words, hugs before presidential votes

Raoul Wootliff is the The Times of Israel's political correspondent.

Presidential candidates Isaac Herzog and Miriam Peretz embrace before the vote, June 2, 2021. (Tal Schneider/Times of Israel)
Presidential candidates Isaac Herzog and Miriam Peretz embrace before the vote, June 2, 2021. (Tal Schneider/Times of Israel)

Isaac Herzog and Miriam Peretz have entered the VIP gallery of the Knesset plenum for the vote on Israel’s next president, in which they are the only two candidates.

Before the voting begins, the two can be seen exchanging words and hugging.

Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin meanwhile explains the rules of the voting, in which MKs will cast votes one by one, in alphabetical order, behind a partition to ensure secrecy.

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