Merkel’s can­di­date elected pres­i­dent

Austin American-Statesman - - THURSDAY BRIEFING -

BER­LIN — Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel’s can­di­date was elected Ger­many’s pres­i­dent in a lack­lus­ter vic­tory that took an em­bar­rass­ing three rounds of vot­ing. Chris­tian Wulff, 55, the gover­nor of Lower Sax­ony state and a deputy leader of Merkel’s con­ser­va­tive party, won 625 votes in a spe­cial par­lia­men­tary assem­bly com­pared to 494 for op­po­si­tion can­di­date Joachim Gauck, while 121 del­e­gates ab­stained. The Ger­man pres­i­dency is a largely cer­e­mo­nial but sym­bol­i­cally im­por­tant job.

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