President of Germany

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The President of Germany (German: Bundespräsident, literally: federal president) is the head of state of the Federal Republic of Germany. His functions are mostly supervising and representative.

The president is elected every five years by the Bundesversammlung.

The 10th president was Christian Wulff (CDU). He resigned on 17 February 2012.[1]. The current President Joachim Gauck succeeded him on 18 March 2012.

List of Presidents[change | change source]

  1. Theodor Heuss (FDP), 1949 – 1959
  2. Heinrich Lübke (CDU), 1959 – 1969
  3. Gustav Heinemann (SPD), 1969 – 1974
  4. Walter Scheel (FDP), 1974 – 1979
  5. Karl Carstens (CDU), 1979 – 1984
  6. Richard von Weizsäcker (CDU), 1984 – 1994
  7. Roman Herzog (CDU), 1994 – 1999
  8. Johannes Rau (SPD), 1999 – 2004
  9. Horst Köhler (CDU), 2004 – 2010
  10. Christian Wulff (CDU), 2010 - 2012
  11. Joachim Gauck (Independent), since 2012

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