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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.

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Date created : 2010-06-30

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