Frank-Walter Steinmeier elected Federal President


Germany’s Federal Assembly has elected former Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Frank-Walter Steinmeier to replace Joachim Gauck as the new president of Germany in an indirect election.

Steinmeier will take over in the largely ceremonial post on 19th March 2017.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier had the support of 931 (73.89%) of the potential 1260 votes in the Electoral College and was supported by the SPD, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Christian Social Union (CSU), Alliance ’90/The Greens, Free Democratic Party (FDP) and South Schleswig Voters’ Association (SSW). There were four other candidates in Sunday’s election.

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