Israel: Surprise Vote

Herzog is elected President

Prime Minister Menachem Begin sat glumly in his chair, but members of the Labor opposition burst into jubilant shouts as the speaker read the final tally. In a secret ballot, the Israeli Knesset had elected the Labor Party candidate, Chaim Herzog, 64, a former Ambassador to the United Nations, to serve as President for the next five years. He defeated a politically obscure candidate put up by the Likud, Supreme Court Justice Menachem Elon, 59, by a vote of 61 to 57.

Although the presidency is a largely ceremonial and...

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