At the Federal Convention in Berlin on 12 February 2017, former German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected the 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany. Foreign Minister Gabriel congratulated the newly elected Federal President: “Today is a good day for our country,” the German Foreign Minister said.
Elected Federal President in the first round of voting
Prior to the vote, Foreign Minister Gabriel had expressed the hope that his predecessor Steinmeier would receive a “clear majority of votes, across all party lines”. Steimeier received 931 of the 1,239 valid votes cast during the first round. By winning an absolute majority, he met the requirement set out in the Basic Law already in the first round and was thereby elected to the country’s highest office.
Appeal to the German people: Be brave!
In his acceptance speech, the 61-year-old new head of state made the following demand: “Let us be courageous – then I won’t be afraid of the future!” He called on his fellow Germans to look to the future with confidence and to valiantly preserve the country’s achievements: freedom and democracy in a united Europe.
The right choice
“During these times marked by change and upheaval, when so many certainties and foregone conclusions have been wiped aside, Frank-Walter Steinmeier is the right choice,” Foreign Minister Gabriel said.
“We need a Federal President who builds confidence and self-assurance, especially one who can bring people together and keep our country united.” He went on to say that Steinmeier is a man of the people and is greatly respected around the world.
Term of office begins on 19 March 2017
On 19 March 2017, Steinmeier will take up his official duties, after having been sworn in during a joint session of the Bundestag and Bundesrat.