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News Brief

  1/22/2013, Shevat 11, 5773

Knesset Speaker Votes; Says it's Important


Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin cast his ballot, Tuesday morning, at the Yefe Nof school in Jerusalem. On his way out of the polling place, he said it was important for everyone to take advantage of this civic duty. Rivlin noted, "In recent years there was a relapse and people stopped believing in their ability to vote. They do not know how much influence they have. Each ballot has the ability to determine the outcome."

Asked whether he would continue as speaker, Rivlin replied, "Friends, in the primaries, they chose me to be Speaker of the Knesset and it appears that's how it will be, but democracy is what will decide. If Knesset members want me to continue, I'll continue out of respect of the strength and weakness of democracy." Rivlin has been mentioned as a candidate for president when Shim'on Peres' term comes to an end.