Social Democrat Frank-Walter Steinmeier became the 12th President of Germany
Social Democrat Frank-Walter Steinmeier became the 12th President of Germany, leaving no chance to the four remaining candidates. Voted 931 of 1260 members of the electoral College in the required 631.
Elections were held in one round. Can theoretically be 3 rounds. Victory Steinmeier, who was the sole candidate from the three parties forming the ruling coalition – the Christian democratic Union (CDU), Christian social Union (CSU) and the Social democratic party of Germany (SPD) – was virtually guaranteed from the outset. The politician is very popular not only among colleagues, but also among the people, several years heading the ranking of the most popular politicians in Germany (and ahead of, including, and Chancellor Angela Merkel).
Frank-Walter Steinmeier came to the Bundestag on Sunday with his wife Elke, Budenbender (which in 2010 became a donor when the transplant kidney), daughter and mother.
The politician was born in 1956 in Detmold (North Rhine-Westphalia) is a working-class family. Was educated in law and political science. Was a rival of Angela Merkel in 2009, in the struggle for the post of Chancellor. Since 2005, he was Minister of foreign Affairs, then the Vice-Chancellor and head of the SPD faction in the Bundestag, and again Minister. 21 Feb 2014 Steinmeier became one of the guarantors of the signing of the Agreement on settlement of political crisis in Ukraine between Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders, which subsequently failed. Later played a very active role in the framework of the “Normandy format”.
The President of Germany is elected for 5 years. This position is in the country most representative. The real power is in the hands of the Chancellor.
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