A year in German politics Feb 6, 2017 2:59:54 GMT -5
Post by Tanzoria on Feb 6, 2017 2:59:54 GMT -5
Election of the Federal President
On February 12th, the 16th Federal Convention will convene in the chamber of the Federal Diet in order to elect the next Federal President. The sitting President Joachim Gauck will not be running for re-election. The Convention will consist of the 630 members of the Federal Diet and another 630 members which were chosen by the state legislatures.
The Convention will most likely have these parties:
CDU/CSU: 539 seats
SPD: 384 seats
Greens: 174 seats
Lefts: 95 seats
FDP: 36 seats
Pirates: 11 seats
FW: 10 seats
SSW: 1 seat
BVB/FW: 1 seat
AfD: 35 seats
Independent: 1 seat
The Piratenpartei (Pirate Party) is part of a movement which was founded in scandinavia. It aims at reforming intellecual property laws and reducing government surveillance. The Freie Wähler (Free Voters) are different movements in different states. In the list above "FW" refers to the Free Voters from Bavaria, while BVB/FW are those from Brandenburg. The SSW is the Südschleswigscher Wählerverband (South Schleswig Voter's Association), a party representing the Danish minority in Schleswig-Holstein. The one independent seat belongs to Erika Steinbach, a conservative former CDU member and member of the Federal Diet, who recently left her party and caucus.
The Electors selected by the states are usually mostly state politicians, but also include a few celebrities. The German National Soccer Team's Coach Joachim Löw will be representing The Greens from Baden-Württemberg.
The Federal Convention will be chaired by the President of the Federal Diet, Norbert Lammert (CDU). In order to be elected, a candidate must receive an absolute majority of votes (631 votes) on either the first or second ballot. If that doesn't happen a simple majority is needed on the third ballot.
CDU, CSU, FDP and the Greens have nominated former Foreign Minister Dr. Frank Walter Steinmeier (pictured left) for the office. The AfD has nominated Albrecht Glaser, a former city treasurer from Frankfurt. Prof. Dr. Christoph Butterwege from Cologne has been nominated by The Lefts and Judge Alexander Hold (a judge both on TV and in real life) has been nominated by the FW. Comedian Martin Sonneborn (founder of the satire party "Die PARTEI" and member of the European Parliament) who has been sent to the Federal Convention by the Pirate Party has announced that he will nominate his father because "he's the only one that hasn't done anything wrong".
Normally, all (or almost all) members of the Convention vote along party lines, which makes it very likely that Dr. Steinmeier will be elected on the first ballot.
The election will be broadcast via a live stream on the Federal Diet website.
The SPD has not nominated anyone?