Hard-liner Rivlin becomes Israel’s next president, after much political drama

June 10, 2014 5:16 PM

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JERUSALEM — Israelis, who are quite familiar with rough-and-tumble politics, were taken aback to see the race for president — a strictly ceremonial post in this parliamentary system, with lots of red carpets, windy toasts and wreath laying — turn into a political brawl.

After weeks of anonymous smears and unflattering leaks, and after two of seven candidates dropped out because they were suddenly subjects of criminal investigations, the parliament on Tuesday chose hard-liner Reuven “Rubi” Rivlin as the 10th president of Israel. He will replace nonagenarian Shimon P...

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