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Westerwelle - Germany's Kingmaker

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An enthusiastic reception for Guido Westerwelle, head of the liberal Free Democrats following his party’s very strong showing in Germany’s federal elections.

He is widely expected to become the country’s next foreign minister. “We now want to co-govern Germany because we have to make sure that there is a fair tax system, better education opportunities and that citizens rights are finally respected again,“said Westerwelle. The 47-year old Westerwelle, a trained lawyer, is widely credited with widening the appeal of his party,especially for young voters. He is committed to promoting free markets and reducing the government’s role in business. Elected to the Bundestag in 1996, Westerwelle has been head of the FDP since 2001. He is also the only openly gay leader of a major political party in Germany.