Meir Sheetrit Announces Candidacy for President

Candidacy is backed by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, head of the Hatnuah party to which Sheetrit belongs.

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Knesset member and former minister Meir Sheetrit announced on Monday that he would run for president when Shimon Peres ends his seven-year term in July.

“I have decided to present my candidacy because I think I have a chance,” said Sheetrit, who represents Justice Minister Tzipi Livni’s Hatnuah party in the Knesset. “If I didn't think I had a chance, I wouldn't run.”

Hatnuah’s six Knesset members backed the move. “The question is not which [Knesset] faction has the most Knesset members, but who is the worthy candidate,” Livni said. “I wholeheartedly support Sheetrit’s candidacy.”

Sheetrit is one of five declared candidates for president.

Former Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit.Credit: Ofer Vaknin

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