Frank-Walter Steinmeier elected Federal President

13 February 2017
Chancellor Merkel hands Frank-Walter Steinmeier a bouqet of flowers following the presidential elections at the German Reichstag in Berlin on 12 February 2017

Steinmeier replaces outgoing Federal President Joachim Gauck

Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected Federal President on 12 February. In his acceptance speech, Steinmeier said that Germany was seen as an anchor of hope and must therefore show courage in maintaining freedom and democracy in a united Europe.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was convinced Steinmeier would be an excellent president during difficult times.

Steinmeier will assume the role of Germany's head of state on 19 March, replacing outgoing Federal President Joachim Gauck.

The Federal President is Germany's highest office. As head of state, the president's duties are primarily of a representative nature. The president appoints the Chancellor and federal ministers and issues laws.

The Federal President is elected for a five year term by the Federal Convention which consists of 1260 members of the Bundestag and representatives from Germany's sixteen Federal States.

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