Frank-Walter Steinmeier elected as Germany's new Federal President
On Feb 12, 2017 former Federal Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected by the 16th Federal Assembly as the 12th Federal President . Steinmeier will take over office on 19 March 2017 replacing outgoing Federal President Joachim Gauck.
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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.