Berlin (Associated Press)-Germany’s largest opposition party said on Wednesday that it would support the re-election of President Frank Waltersteinmeier, giving the current president a clear chance of re-election.
Some figures in the center-right Christian Democratic League of former Chancellor Angela Merkel advocated the nomination of a woman as the next head of state in Germany during the special parliamentary elections on February 13th. Germany does not yet have a female president.
But when the challenger was selected on Tuesday on Tuesday, when Vegetable became the last party to the tripartite of the new Prime Minister Olaf Sauerz’s government to support Steinmelier’s second term, the challenger’s opportunity. The incumbent has long been a member of Schultz’s center-left Social Democratic Party. He turned 66 on Wednesday and is widely respected in the German political mainstream.
The CDU and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Alliance, decided to support Steinmeier because the country needs “a credible voice that brings people together, not Marginalize them”. CDU leader Amin Rashet said. He praised the president for his “excellent foreign policy expertise.”
“After weighing the different arguments, we decided that at this stage, Germany now supports a president who is ready to continue to perform his duties for the country,” Raschelt said. “But I think it will come when women become presidents.”
The parliament that elects the president is composed of members of the House of Commons and equal representatives of the 16 German states. The political parties in the Scholz coalition will make up the majority, although not many. The support of the center-right group eliminates any risks that Steinmeier faces severe challenges.
Steinmeier announced that he would seek a second term in May, a few months before the parliamentary elections brought Schultz’s coalition to power. Although it seemed that his chance of re-election was still far away, he said he wanted to help bridge the differences that have widened due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Before becoming president, Steinmeier served as Merkel’s foreign minister twice. He was formerly the chief of staff of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.
The German president has almost no executive power, but is considered an important moral authority. After the confusing results of the 2017 parliamentary elections, Steinmeier helped push politicians to form a new coalition government instead of insisting on a new vote.