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Israel’s Senior Politician Announces Candidacy for President

Israeli Vice Premier Shimon Peres has announced that he will try again to become Israel‘s president. Seven years ago the nation’s senior politician lost to Moshe Katzav, whose term in office has now been shortened by a sexual assault scandal. Katzav faces a series of charges, including rape. Peres, now 83, will try again for the ceremonial post as a final achievement in his 60-year long career of public service. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has endorsed Peres. Voting for the office of president is a function of the Knesset, Israel‘s parliament. The election will take place on June 13. If elected, Peres will be 90 years old at the conclusion of his term. Despite holding most senior offices at some time during his career – including three stints as prime minister – he was never able to win election to the top post. His record of losses is something of a legend in Israel.