Wednesday 13 June 2007

Peres Elected President of Israel

JERUSALEM, June 13 -- Shimon Peres -- the octogenarian former prime minister, Nobel laureate, and perennial loser of elections -- handily won Israel's presidency Wednesday, in his second bid for what will likely be his last job in public life.

Peres won a secret-ballot victory in the Knesset, Israel's parliament, to secure the largely ceremonial post that eluded him seven years ago. He will take office next month at a time when Israel's presidency, an international public-relations job above all else, has been tarnished by criminal allegations swirling around the man now holding the office, Moshe Katsav.