Shimon Peres has been elected Israel's next president, winning the support of 86 of parliament's 120 members in a second and final round of balloting, Channel TV reported Wednesday.
Peres, of the ruling Kadima Party, all but clinched the race after his two rivals withdrew after the first round of voting earlier in the day.
The ordinarily quiet contest has been closely watched because of Peres' campaign to cap his six-decade political career with a term in the president's mansion, and rape allegations against the sitting president, Moshe Katsav.
Peres, of the ruling Kadima Party, received an unexpectedly high 58 votes in parliament's secret balloting in round one. Reuven Rivlin, a lawmaker and former parliament speaker from the hawkish Likud, took 37, and legislator Colette Avital of the Labor Party, 21.
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