MK Reuven Rivlin (Likud), the current frontrunner in race, is expected to arrive first at Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstien’s office after procuring the 10 needed signatories endorsing his presidential bid.
He will be followed by Labor’s elder statesman and former defense minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, former Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik, MK Meir Sheetrit (Hatnua), former Supreme Court justice Dalia Dorner and Nobel Laureate Professor Dan Shechtman.
The race for the presidency is slated to take place on June 10th in an anonymous ballot among Knesset members. The weeks leading up to the race were marred with speculation, with a number of prominent political figures toying with the idea of running but dropping out after failing to secure viable endorsements.
Such was the case with Likud Minister Silvan Shalom – whose candidacy was in doubt after decade-old accusations of sexual harassment surfaced – and who dropped out of the race after Prime Minister bIBI Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman decided not to back him.
Despite coming from Netanyahu’s Likud party, bad blood between Rivlin and the prime minister has ruled out the possibility Netanyahu would throw their support behind Rivlin, despite the swelling support he enjoys from party ranks.
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