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Isaac Herzog announces candidacy for presidency as race warms up

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Jewish Agency chairman and former Labor Party chief Isaac Herzog formally announced his candidacy Wednesday to become Israel’s next president, ahead of a midnight deadline.

The election for the presidency is warming up, with candidates having until Wednesday night at midnight to submit the signatures of at least ten Knesset members in order to formally file their candidacy.

The parliamentary vote for the next president will be held in a secret ballot on June 2, just over a month before President Reuven Rivlin’s seven-year term ends on July 9.

Several candidates are known to be in the running in addition to Herzog: former Labor minister and judicial expert Prof. Shimon Shetreet, former Labor MK Michael Bar-Zohar, former Likud MK Yehudah Glick, and Miriam Peretz, a recipient of the 2018 Israel Prize who lost two of her sons during their IDF combat services. Another potential candidate is the renowned singer and actor Yehoram Gaon, whose candidacy was allegedly promoted by Likud officials.

The Likud party whip, MK Miki Zohar, has announced that the 29 Likud lawmakers will not be obliged by any party decision and may vote freely. The vote for the presidency is anonymous.

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Herzog is considered the frontrunner and is the most popular and well-known candidate. Many also consider him the person most suited for the position. He has wide familiarity with international politics, as well as vast........

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