The Federal Assembly of Germany re-elected this Sunday the current president and representative of the Social Democratic party, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, for a new five-year term as head of state.
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As reported by Bärbel Bas, president of the Bundestag or Lower House of the German Parliament, Steinmeier received 1,045 votes out of the 1,425 valid votes cast, in a process in which 1,742 people could vote, and in which Steinmeier needed 737 ballots to emerge re-elected.
Ultimately, 1,437 votes were counted, to which are added 86 abstentions and 12 invalid votes; and behind the re-elected president in the count the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) candidate, Max Otte, with 140 votes; leftist Gerhard Trabert who owns 96; and Stefanie Gebauer, of the Free Voters endorsed by 58.
The re-election of the former German Foreign Minister was presumable, after the consensus given to his candidacy by the political formations that are members of the coalition that governs Germany, and which is also chaired by the Social Democrat Olaf Scholz.
Steinmeier, 66, is the fifth German dignitary to be reappointed. He was foreign minister of his country between 2005 and 2009, and between 2013 and 2017; besides being the Social Democratic candidate for chancellorship in the 2009 federal elections, when he was defeated by Angela Merkel.
Steinmeier thanked all those who voted for him and urged those who did not to place their trust in him. It is about continuing to accompany the country on the path to a future after the pandemic, said the president.
Who stated that his intention is to “build bridges strong and wide enough so that everyone can walk on them towards a more democratic, responsible country, free of crises of various kinds, and of social divisions.