1949 Israeli presidential election

An election to choose the first President of Israel was held in the Knesset on 16 February 1949. The new president would replace the president of the Provisional State Council as head of state of Israel.

16 February 1949 1951 →
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Nominee Chaim Weizmann Joseph Klausner
Party General Zionists Independent
Electoral vote 83 15

Elected President

Chaim Weizmann


There were two candidates:


The election was settled in the first round, with Weizmann gaining an absolute majority. 114 of the 120 members of the first Knesset voted. Weizmann was declared president on 17 February 1949.

Candidate Votes
Chaim Weizmann 83
Joseph Klausner 15
Blank ballots 15
Invalid votes 1
Total 114

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