Ex-Foreign Minister Steinmeier Chosen As German President

The daily Berliner Morgenpost billed Mr Steinmeier as "the anti-Trump president".

Germany flagThe new head of state will be decided by the convention consisting of 630 lawmakers and an equal number of representatives from Germany's 16 states.

When asked in August about the rise of right-wing populism in Germany and elsewhere, Mr Steinmeier criticised those who "make politics with fear".

The German president has little executive power but is considered an important moral authority.

"Isn't it actually wonderful, that this Germany, our hard fatherland, that this country has become an anchor of hope in the world for many", after overcoming wars and totalitarianism, Steinmeier said.

European Council President Donald Tusk sent his congratulations to Steinmeier.

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Steinmeier will assume the post of president in March.

He has always been one of Germany's most popular politicians.

Steinmeier is only known to have lost his cool once, in 2014, when he yelled at Berlin protesters who had accused him of being a "warmonger" over his Ukraine policy.

Steinmeier was named the joint candidate of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrat bloc and their coalition partner Social Democratic Party (SPD). He also served as vice chancellor from 2007 to 2009.

Steinmeier, 61, stood down last month to seek presidency after 77-year-old Gauck said last June he would not run for a second term, citing old age.

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