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Former Germany’s foreign Affairs has been elected President by a Parliamentary Assembly

Former Germany’s foreign Affairs Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has been elected President by a Parliamentary Assembly.

On the post which is largely ceremonial, Steinmeier who takes up the job on 19 March is a 61-year old Social democrat and one of Germany’s most popular politicians.

He was chosen in Berlin at a federal assembly which representatives from various social fields spanning the country’s sixteen states after winning 931 of the 1,260 votes.

He is seen as a straight talking fellow, widely respected for taking a strong stand on issues important to German voters.

His election to the Presidency signals a boost by Social Democrats as they seek to unseat German Chancellor, Angela Markel in September’s Federal elections.

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