A former Lutheran pastor and civil rights activist easily defeated his main rival who is a former Nazi hunter and journalist.
Joachim Gauck, from the former communist East, has been elected as Germany’s new president after gaining 991 votes from the MPs. Rival Beate Klarsfeld only got 126 votes. The 72-year-old Gauk is not affiliated with any political party but is well-loved for taking a stand on controversial issues. He will replace Christian Wulff, who resigned last month in a scandal over financial favors.
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