Germany’s president announces that he will run for a second term in 2022

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said this Friday that he will run for a second term in 2022, when the current one ends, before adding that he wants to accompany the country on its way once it gets over the coronavirus pandemic Has.

“I would like to run for a second term as Federal President,” said Steinmeier, before adding that his wish was “to build bridges” in view of the “turbulent times” the European country is going through.

“On the one hand, we free ourselves a little more from the clutches of the pandemic every day. On the other hand, the consequences for society are now occurring with greater intensity,” he said during a ceremony in the capital Berlin.

Germany’s president announces that he will run for a second term in 2022
Germany’s president announces that he will run for a second term in 2022

The 65-year-old Stenmeier, who took office as the twelfth German president in March 2017, emphasized that the pandemic “brought suffering and pain, economic and emotional difficulties and much, much frustration and bitterness”.

“We have discussed the right way. I want to help heal these wounds. I want the pandemic not to leave us as a divided society, neither suspicious nor fearful,” he said, according to the German news agency DPA.

With this in mind, he stressed that the Presidency, while not setting the political course, can serve to establish positions “between groups in society”, “vis-à-vis neighbors and partners in the world” and “vis-à-vis a future that will still be needed “to bring great mutual successes closer, especially in the fight against climate change. “

On the other hand, Steinmeier has emphasized that he will not advocate re-election “out of consolation” but “out of conviction”, before emphasizing that he still does not know whether he will have the majority of support in the General Assembly. a body that meets every five years to elect the president.

The Federal Assembly consists of all members of the Bundestag and the same number of delegates sent by the 16 German federal states, including not only politicians, but also prominent personalities from public life.

The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) welcomed Steinmeier’s announcement and declared that Germany needs a president with moral authority and “who senses the concerns and needs of its citizens and gives impetus to shape the future together and for the good of all”.

The chairman of the Christian Social Union (CSU), Markus Soder, said for his part that the party “takes note of the announcement”. “The cooperation with the Federal President is very good and trustworthy, but the decision will only be made after the parliamentary elections, and the CDU and the CSU will discuss it together,” he said.

The CSU is the Bavarian party ally of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of Chancellor Angela Merkel. Germany will hold parliamentary elections in September this year.

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