Reuven Rivlin sworn in as Israel's 10th president
Published Thursday 24/07/2014 (updated) 26/07/2014 01:04
Incoming Israeli President Reuven Rivlin delivers a speech during a
ceremony at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem on July 24,
2014 (Pool/AFP Ronen Zvulun)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Far-right hawk Reuven Rivlin was sworn in as Israel's 10th president on Thursday at a formal ceremony in parliament which saw elder statesman Shimon Peres stepping down.
"In prayer, in awe and humility, on your behalf and at your command, I come to faithfully fulfil my role as 10th president of the state of Israel," he said, a skullcap on his head and his left hand resting on a copy of the Old Testament.
Rivlin will officially begin his term in office on Monday, drawing a line under what many Israelis have seen as a golden age of the presidency.