Israeli presidential election, 1963

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An election to choose the third President of Israel was held in the Knesset on 21 May 1963 following the death of the county's second president, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi on 23 April. Between Ben-Zvi's death and the winner of the election, Zalman Shazar, taking office on the day of the vote, Knesset speaker Kadish Luz served as acting president.


There were two candidates:


The election was settled in the first round, with Shazar gaining an outright majority of votes in the 120-seat Knesset.

Candidate Affiliation Votes
Zalman Shazar Mapai 67
Peretz Bernstein Liberal Party 33
Blank ballots 7
Total 107

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