Former pastor Gauck elected German president: speaker




 
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Former pastor Gauck elected German president: speaker
 
March 18th, 2012  
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Former pastor Gauck elected German president: speaker
BERLIN (Reuters) - German lawmakers elected Joachim Gauck, a former Lutheran pastor and human rights activist from communist East Germany, as president of the European Union's largest country on Sunday by a large majority in a first round of voting. Norbert Lammert, speaker of the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, said Gauck, 72, had won 991 votes in the federal assembly of national and regional lawmakers that is charged with choosing Germany's largely ceremonial head of state. His main rival, former Nazi-hunter and journalist Beate Klarsfeld, won 126 votes. ...




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