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    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is the right choice for the upcoming presidential election in Germany.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) — German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was officially introduced as a single candidate for the upcoming presidential election by Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday.

    "I am glad that we, the tree chairmen of the parties, may introduce Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier as a single candidate for presidency of the ruling coalition and for a successor to Joachim Gauck. I am sure that Frank-Walter Steinmeier is the right choice for this time, the candidate that will gain support of the German citizens," Merkel said during the appointment, adding that Steinmeier is the person who can be trusted.

    Last month, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) named Steinmeier as its presidential candidate. On Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) agreed on the candidacy of Steinmeier. The CDU's Bavarian ally Christian Social Union (CSU) also backed his bid for the presidency.

    The new German president will be elected on February 12 by a special assembly of lawmakers from Germany's 16 federal states.


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