The new President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier sworn in

The new President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier sworn in

BERLIN, March 22 — RIA Novosti, Tatiana Firsova. The new President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier, elected on February 12, on Wednesday took the oath of office in the Bundestag, at a ceremony in the plenary hall was attended by former President Joachim gauck with his partner Daniela Schadt.

Candidacy for President earlier in the year suggested that the ruling German coalition. In June the current President of the country, a human rights activist and pastor from the GDR, gauck said he did not want to nominate his candidacy in the next presidential term, explaining the decision to age. Gauck was born in 1940, with a high degree of probability he was re-elected on this post.

Steinmeier deputies chosen by the majority of votes for his candidacy voted 931 person, there was a total of 1 thousand 239 valid votes of members of the Federal Assembly.

From the beginning he was considered the main candidate on a post of the President

Steinmeier was born on 5 January 1956 in Detmold (North Rhine-Westphalia), the son of a carpenter. In 1976 he entered the University of Justus Libera in Hesse, where, until 1982, studied law, and then political science.

From November 2005 to September 2009 — the Minister of foreign Affairs of Germany in the first coalition government of the CDU/CSU-SPD under the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel. After the defeat of the SPD in the parliamentary elections of 2009, Steinmeier was appointed head of the faction. From 2013 to 2017 was foreign Minister in the “third Cabinet of Ministers,” Merkel.

Wife of the politician — lawyer Elke Buedenbender, the couple have one daughter.