The chairman of Israel’s Blue and White party Benny Gantz was elected Thursday to be the next speaker of the Israeli parliament.

Gantz’s was appointed by Knesset members in a 74 – 11 vote.

Speaker Yuli Edelstein submitted his resignation Wednesday after the Supreme Court ordered a vote Thursday.

Gantz was the Knesset member to submit his candidacy for the position.

His candidacy won support from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing bloc, but was opposed on the left and within his own party.

Gantz was quoted by the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper as saying, “Israeli democracy not be negotiated,” in

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