Germany elects anti-Trump former FM as president

Newly-elected German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (2nd R) is congratulated by German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel after the presidential election at the Bundesversammlung federal assembly Bundestag (lower house of parliament)on February 12, 2017 in Berlin. (Photo by AFP)
Newly-elected German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (2nd R) is congratulated by German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel after the presidential election at the Bundesversammlung federal assembly Bundestag (lower house of parliament)on February 12, 2017 in Berlin. (Photo by AFP)

Former German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, known for his fierce opposition to US President Donald Trump, has been elected as the country’s new president.

Steinmeier gained 931 of the 1,260 votes in a German parliamentary assembly on Sunday to become the nation’s new president.

The special election assembly is comprised of 630 lawmakers from Bundestag’s lower house and an equal number of representatives from the country’s 16 states. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government, a so-called “grand coalition” of center-right and center-left parties, had declared support for Steinmeier.

Four other candidates contested the Sunday vote but Steinmeier was quite confident about his win as the two main parties in Merkel’s coalition held 923 seats in the assembly.

Newly elected German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier delivers a speech after the presidential election at the Bundesversammlung federal assembly Bundestag (lower house of parliament) on February 12, 2017 in Berlin. (Photo by AFP)

The vote came as incumbent Joachim Gauck, now 77, had announced last year that he would not seek a second five-year term because of his age.

Steinmeier, a respected politician from the Social Democrats, the junior partner in Merkel’s coalition, was Germany’s foreign minister until last month. He grabbed the headlines last year when he branded Trump, who was then campaigning for presidency, one of the world’s “hate preachers.” The 61-year-old said in August that developments such as Trump’s election were parts of “truly political earthquakes,” which “shake us, but they can also shake us awake.”

As president, Steinmeier would enjoy little executive power and would be considered an important moral authority. He failed in his bid in 2009 to unseat Merkel, but his party is determined to prevent the powerful chancellor from taking office for a fourth term. The Social Democrats have expressed hope that the parliamentary elections in September would put an end to years of partnership in the “grand coalition”.

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6 Responses to "Germany elects anti-Trump former FM as president"

  1. Trakkath  February 12, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Bundespräsident Gauck: „Die Eliten sind gar nicht das Problem, die Bevölkerungen sind im Moment das Problem“
    http://zuerst.de/2016/06/22/bundespraesident-gauck-die-eliten-sind-gar-nicht-das-problem-die-bevoelkerungen-sind-im-moment-das-problem/

  2. Trakkath  February 12, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Yes you heard right.
    He said “not the politicians are the problem but the german people”
    He was a former informant of the STASI and enogh evidence is still available after he had vanished a lot of it in the ministry for DDR-affairs.So he could be blackmailed into submission.

  3. roger  February 12, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Hi Edward. I wander if I understood correctly, you said that Gauck said that Germany had the wrong people?

  4. Trakkath  February 12, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    There is a speech in germany “Wer hat uns verraten ? Die Sozialdemokraten” (Who betrayed us ? The social demokRats).

  5. Trakkath  February 12, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Germany has nothing to say in this election. He is just selected by the Knesset 2 members and if you look at their background and loyalty (Israel is state reason) you will know what I mean. And all on Kol Nidre.

  6. drbhelthi  February 12, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    The Jewish faction that manipulates Germany supported Barack H. Obama, and Hillary Clinton for the US Presidency. German folk who only watch TV and read newspapers are dumbed-down with no insight into the racism and subterfuge sponsored by the alias, Obama. Since June 2015 and the G7 on the grounds of Castle Elmau in Bavaria, chancellor Merkel has mimicked the alias, BHObama. She enabled ISIS to drive Arabs from their homelands into Germany and the European Union. Obama´s goodbye visit to Berlin and Merkel in November, 2016, and the photos of the two display a type of family intimacy that is rarely seen between two politicians of different nations.

    German folk did not and do not support the influx of illegal immigrants sponsored by Mrs. Merkel, but which former president Gauck supported. The new president, Steinmeier, will be more responsive to German folk. Former president Gauck, formerly a religious minister in the East Zone and married with children, also had a common-law wife whom he took on official visits. This offended married couples who appreciate the sanctity of marriage. President Steinmeier and wife uphold their marriage and he even donated a kidney to his wife in 2010 to preserve her life. The appreciation by the Steinmeiers of the sanctity of marriage will have an additional favourable effect on German folk and Germany.

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