Germany elects ‘anti-Trump’ Frank-Walter Steinmeier as new president

Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Former overseas minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected Germany’s president on Sunday, the 12th particular person to carry the largely ceremonial publish within the post-war period.

Steinmeier, a Social Democrat who had served as overseas minister till final month, gained 931 of the 1,239 legitimate votes by lawmakers and representatives of Germany’s 16 federal states. There 103 abstentions and 14 votes had been invalid.

Mr Steinmeier, Germany’s former overseas minister, strongly criticised Donald Trump through the US election marketing campaign.

When requested in August concerning the rise of right-wing populism in Germany and elsewhere, Mr Steinmeier criticised those that “make politics with concern”.

He cited the nationalist Various for Germany get together, the promoters of Britain’s exit from the European Union, and “the hate preachers, like Donald Trump for the time being in the US”.

The each day Berliner Morgenpost billed Mr Steinmeier as “the anti-Trump president”.

After Bundestag president Norbert Lammert introduced the outcomes, all representatives held a standing ovation apart from a couple of dozen members of the populist Various for Germany (AfD) get together.

The anti-immigrant AfD, which has no lawmakers within the decrease home however holds seats in 10 of Germany’s 16 state parliaments, is forecast to be the third-largest get together after a basic election on Sept. 24.

The AfD filed its personal candidate, who obtained 42 votes.

“I place confidence in him to guide our nation in these troublesome instances,” Chancellor Angela Merkel, who’s looking for a fourth time period, mentioned after the vote.

The Kremlin mentioned in an announcement that Russian President Vladimir Putin had congratulated Steinmeier in a telegram and invited him to go to Moscow.

Steinmeier final yr drew criticism when he mentioned NATO’s resolution to stage navy maneuvers in jap Europe amounted to “saber-rattling”. His Social Democrats favor a softer stance in direction of Russia than Merkel’s conservatives.

Russia needs the European Union to raise sanctions imposed over its annexation of Crimea and backing of separatist rebels in jap Ukraine.

The German structure mandates {that a} particular meeting is convened to elect presidents. It consists of 630 lawmakers within the Bundestag decrease home and an equal variety of representatives from the federal states.

Present President Joachim Gauck steps down on March 18

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