Lawmakers elect new president
BERLIN | A far-reaching majority of lawmakers elected former East German pro-democracy activist Joachim Gauck as Germany’s new president Sunday.
The 72-year-old Mr. Gauck, who enjoyed the backing of most major parties, received 991 of the 1,232 ballots cast, parliamentary speaker Norbert Lammert said.
The ex-communist Left Party’s candidate Beate Klarsfeld secured 126 votes, the far right National Democratic Party’s candidate Olaf Rose only three, and there were 108 abstentions.
Mr. Gauck is a former pastor who opposed East Germany’s communist regime and became head of a federal agency overseeing the files of the communists’ ubiquitous domestic intelligence service after Germany’s reunification in 1990.