Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ACROSS AFRICA

Mass graves in Central Kasaï bear witness to growing violence in DR Congo

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

French far right leader Marine Le Pen meets with French troops in Chad

Read more

THE DEBATE

Westminster Attack: What response to Parliament Rampage? (part 2)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Westminster Attack: What response to Parliament Rampage? (part 1)

Read more

FOCUS

A day in the life of an Indian entrepreneur

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

US department store Sears faces possible closure

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Thomas Friedman on technology, Trump and the media

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Terror in Westminster'

Read more

Europe

German presidential vote goes to third round

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-06-30

Germany's presidential vote goes to a third round after Chancellor Angela Merkel's candidate, Christian Wulff (pictured), fails to secure a quick victory.

AP - An election for Germany’s new president has gone to a third round of voting in an embarrassment for Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose candidate failed to secure a quick victory.

France 24's Abby d'Arcy Hughes reports from Berlin

Merkel’s center-right coalition has a majority in the parliamentary assembly that chooses the president but her candidate, Christian Wulff, fell short of the absolute majority needed in the first two rounds.

Parliament speaker Norbert Lammert said Wulff secured 615 votes in the second round, short of the 623 needed.

Main opposition rival Joachim Gauck, a former East German human rights activist, won 490 and another candidate, Luc Jochimsen, 123.

A simple majority suffices in the third round.The governing coalition had hoped to show unity after a bumpy few months.

FOCUS: A Crucial Test for Angela Merkel

 

 

Date created : 2010-06-30

  • GERMANY

    Presidential election a key test for Merkel

    Read more

COMMENT(S)