An assembly of politicians, artists and ordinary Germans elect former Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier as German president. Rough Cut (No reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Former foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected Germany's new president on Sunday (February 12). Steinmeier, a Social Democrat who had served as foreign minister until last month, won 931 of the 1,260 votes by lawmakers and representatives of Germany's 16 federal states. Steinmeier is the 12th person to hold the largely ceremonial post in the post-war era. His predecessor, Joachim Gauck, steps down on March 18. The German constitution mandates that a special assembly is convened to elect presidents. It includes 630 lawmakers in the Bundestag lower house and an equal number of representatives from the federal states.