President of the Bundestag

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Current President of the Bundestag since October 18, 2005.

The President of the Bundestag (German: Präsident des Deutschen Bundestages or Bundestagspräsident) is the person that is in charge of the meetings of the Bundestag, the parliament of Germany, whos duties is similar to a speaker. In the German order of precedence, the office is ranked second after the President and before the Chancellor.

Elections and customs[change | edit source]

The President of the Bundestag is elected by all members in the Bundestag, during a special time of the election period. The President has to be a member of the Bundestag. Until the election is over, the Father of the House is in charge of the Bundestag.

Usually, the President is part of the largest political party. The President can be reelected, but again he must be a member of the Bundestag again. The President also always has a Vice President[1] (German: Vizepräsident des Deutschen Bundestages or Bundestagsvizepräsident).

Duties[change | edit source]

The Presidents most important duty is to take charge of the meetings of the Bundestag. He decides the order of speakers and opens and closes the debates, and makes sure the meetings take place properly. If a big disruption happens, he has the power to not allow a certain member from meetings for up to 30 days.

References[change | edit source]

  1. "Presidents and Vice Presidents". http://www.bundestag.de/htdocs_e/service/error/404.php?redirect=/htdocs_e/orga/03organs/01presid.html&. Retrieved 20 March 2012.[dead link]