A former Lutheran pastor and civil rights activist has been elected as Germany’s new president. Who would ever have thought that the two highest posts in Germany would be held by products of the old communist state?
Gauck has ‘unexpectedly found home’ as Germany president :
East German former Lutheran pastor Joachim Gauck is Germany’s new president, after reluctantly being backed by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Winning with an overwhelming majority, he got 991 votes, to his closest opponent, Beate Klarsfeld’s 126. The 72-year-old is Germany’s third president in two years and its first one from the former communist East.
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