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Frank-Walter Steinmeier Elected President of Germany

The candidature of Steinmeier, nominated by the ruling coalition, was supported by 931 members of the country’s Federal Convention, which is a special body consisting of 630 members of the Bundestag and of the same number of representatives of Germany’s states.

Steinmeier, 61, stood down last month to seek presidency after 77-year-old Gauck said last June he would not run for the second term, citing old age. His term expires on March 17.

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In his acceptance speech, Steinmeier called Germany “an anchor for hope,” saying that the country should take on responsibility and serve as a role model for other countries. “[Germany] inspires others to be brave, not because everything is well here, but because we’ve shown how much a country can improve,” he said.

The normally sober proceedings were enlivened by a splash of color in the form of drag queen Olivia Jones (aka Oliver Knöbel), who turned up in a huge orange wig and a bright blue dress. Jones described herself as a “statement on all things diverse.”

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The Federal Convention does not consist solely of politicians, with states sometimes also sending leading community figures to vote.

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