Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

TALKING EUROPE

Terrorism, strike actions and migrant crisis: Is the EU becoming less attractive to tourists?

Read more

FOCUS

FRANCE 24 exclusive: The last stand for Libya’s Oil Crescent

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Moody's cuts Turkey's credit rating to junk

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

‘Grozny 1999 – Aleppo 2016’

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Trump and Clinton: 'It's all to play for'

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Turkish foreign minister says troops to move further into Syria

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Court ruling expected on Gabon's contested election results

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Clinton's comedy turn

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

From Sarkozy's populist pivot and ‘Bahamas Leaks’, to failed Syria truce and Rome’s Olympic bid (part 2)

Read more

Europe

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

COMMENT(S)