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.
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“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.