Horst Koehler, backed by Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party, was re-elected to the largely ceremonial post of president for a second five-year term on Saturday. His re-election gives Merkel a political boost ahead of September general elections.
AFP - Horst Koehler was re-elected to the largely ceremonial post of German president on Saturday for a second five-year term, in a first round of voting.
The 66-year-old former head of the International Monetary Fund had the backing of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and saw off a challenge by left-wing academic Gesine Schwan.
A failure to get Koehler re-elected would have been a blow to Merkel, just over four months before she herself runs for a second term in general elections on September 27.
He was elected by 1,223 MPs and public figures in Berlin.
Date created : 2009-05-23