Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has named Jerusalem District Court Judge Yosef Shapira as the next state comptroller, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Tuesday.
Shapira, 67, is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and has a MSc in Clinical Criminology from the University of Leicester in Britain.
Prior to being named a District Court judge, he served as head of the Israel Bar Association's Jerusalem bureau.
Various Knesset members later announced they will push another candidate for the position, most likely Supreme Court Judge Eliezer Rivlin.
The judge expressed his desire to run for the role on Tuesday. MKs Eitan Cabel and Isaac Herzog (Labor) supporting him are spearheading the initiative.
While the nomination still pends the Knesset's approval, Shapira's nomination was backed by the Likud, Kadima, Yisrael Beiteinu and the Independence Party. It is believed that Shas, the United Torah Judaism and other right-wing parties will vote in favor of his nomination as well.
"There is a consensus that (Shapira) is a professional individual who is held in wide esteem and will be able to hold the office well," a Knesset source said.
Yosef Shapira will take over from State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss, when he retires later this year.
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