The new German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, on the day he was chosen by a Federal Assembly in Berlin, 12 February, 2017, arriving with his wife Elke Buedenbender

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Mr Steinmeier arrives along with his spouse Elke Buedenbender at parliament

Former German overseas minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been elected president by a parliamentary meeting.

The Social Democrat, 61, is considered one of Germany’s hottest politicians.

The publish is essentially ceremonial, however the president represents Germany overseas and is seen as carrying ethical weight.

In the course of the US election marketing campaign, the normally circumspect ex-lawyer described Donald Trump as a “hate preacher” and predicted tougher relations with Washington.

He has additionally criticised those that “make politics with worry”, and spoken out towards right-wing populism.

Mr Steinmeier was chosen by the Federal Meeting assembly in parliament in Berlin.

He received 931 out of 1,260 votes.

Lawmakers and representatives from varied social fields delegated by Germany’s 16 states are represented within the meeting.

Electors embrace Joachim Loew, the nationwide soccer coach, and Olivia Jones, a vibrant drag queen despatched to vote by the Inexperienced Occasion in Decrease Saxony.

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Drag queen Olivia Jones (orange hair) with Mrs Merkel throughout the vote

Mr Steinmeier, who takes up the job on 19 March, held the publish of overseas minister twice for a complete of eight years.

Each phrases had been served underneath Chancellor Angela Merkel in grand coalitions of Christian Democrats and Social Democrats.

In 2009, he stood unsuccessfully towards Mrs Merkel within the federal election.

Mr Steinmeier is seen as straight-talking, and as overseas minister was broadly revered for taking a robust stance on points essential to German voters, the BBC’s Damien McGuinness reviews from Berlin.

Many anticipate he’ll work to help Germany’s fame as world defender of tolerant liberal values, our correspondent provides.

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The Federal Meeting brings collectively lawmakers and representatives of Germany’s states

Mr Steinmeier’s election to the presidency is seen as a lift by the Social Democrats as they search to unseat Mrs Merkel in September’s federal elections.

The present post-holder, President Joachim Gauck, determined towards bidding for a second five-year time period resulting from his age – 77.

Mr Gauck is a former Lutheran pastor and civil rights activist within the former East Germany.

Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democrats failed to seek out their very own candidate for the presidency, and agreed to again Mr Steinmeier for president.

Different candidates included Christoph Butterwegge from the opposition Left Occasion, and Albrecht Glaser from the anti-immigrant Various for Germany.