Shimon Peres Announces Candidacy for the Presidency of State of Israel
Shimon Peres, the elder statesmen of Israel, at the age of 84 has announced his candicy for the positions of President of the State of Israel. The office of presidency has received much scorn with the recent resignation of Moshe Katzav amid allegations of sexual harassment.
Vice Premier Shimon Peres formally announced his candidacy for the state presidency Wednesday, during a special session of the Kadima faction.
"After much thought, I have decided to acquiesce to the requests that I be a candidate for the state presidency," said Peres, adding that it is "no secret" that this was a difficult decision for him.
"After all," he said. "I am not the youngest MK."