Next president to be picked on June 2 — Knesset

The Knesset announces that Israel’s next president will be picked on June 2.

A statement by the parliament spokesperson’s office says officials have thus accepted Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin’s proposed date.

It says all candidates must submit the signatures of at least ten lawmakers by May 19 at midnight.

The president, who is a largely ceremonial figure in Israel but has the power to task candidates to form a government and to grant pardons, is elected every seven years in a secret ballot among the 120 Knesset members.

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