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Israel parliament electing president to succeed Peres

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Israel's parliament was on Tuesday voting for the nation's 10th president, with a run-off vote pitching a rightwing hawk against a centrist candidate in the race to replace Shimon Peres. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shakes hand with presidential candidate, former minister and Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, during a Likud party meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on June 9, 2014

However, none of the candidates comes even close to the stature of Peres, whose charisma and popularity enabled him to transcend the largely ceremonial position of the presidency and use it to promote a political message of peace.

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