German president re-elected for another term

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been re-elected for a second term of five years by a special parliamentary assembly

BERLIN — German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was re-elected for a second term of five years by a special parliamentary assembly on Sunday.

The president was elected with a big majority by a special assembly made up of the members of parliament’s lower house and representatives of Germany’s 16 states.

Before first becoming president in 2017, Steinmeier, 66, served two stints as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s foreign minister and earlier was chief of staff to Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.

Germany’s president has little executive power but is considered an important moral authority. After a messy parliamentary election result in 2017, Steinmeier helped prod politicians to form a new coalition government rather than holding out for a new vote.

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