Israeli lawmakers begin to vote for new president
Israeli legislators have started voting to choose the country's next president to replace outgoing Shimon Peres, AP reported.
The largely ceremonial office of Israel's presidency is typically filled by a respected elder statesman who is expected to rise above politics and serve as a moral compass for the country. Whoever is elected likely will pale in comparison to Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who brought international gravitas to the position.
Tuesday's vote caps a nasty race full of mudslinging and the derailment of two campaigns by scandals.
Lawmakers in the 120-member Knesset are voting in a secret ballot. Five candidates are vying for the spot. The front-runner is Reuven Rivlin, a veteran politician from the hawkish Likud party who opposes the creation of a Palestinian state.
Results are expected later Tuesday.