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Koehler re-elected president for a second term

Latest update : 2009-05-24

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

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