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New Israeli President Reuven Rivlin Takes Selfie With Rival

Image: Regev takes a selfie with Rivlin and Sheetrit at the Knesset, in Jerusalem
Reuven Rivlin, 2nd right, poses for a selfie with fellow presidential candidate Meir Sheetrit, 2nd left, and lawmaker Miri Regev, right, at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem on June 10, 2014. RONEN ZVULUN / Reuters

Israel's next president posed for a selfie with a rival candidate in the country's parliament Tuesday before he was elected to replace Shimon Peres in the largely ceremonial post.

Reuven Rivlin, pictured second-right, is a right-wing legislator opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state and a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party. He has a reputation for political independence and has had a rocky personal relationship with the Israeli leader.

A former speaker of parliament, Rivlin defeated Meir Sheetrit of the moderate Hatnuah party by a vote of 63-53 in a run-off in the legislature, after none of the original five candidates won an outright victory in a first round ballot.

— Reuters