Christan Wulff was sworn in as Germany’s new president on Friday, two days after being elected by lawmakers. But victory for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s preferred candidate was a narrow one with many of her own party not voting for the former premier of Lower Saxony.
Despite the divisions surrounding his appointment, Wulff vowed to be a president for all. He told the Bundestag: “It is important for me to create links between young and old, between people from East and West, between natives Germans and immigrants, employers, employees and jobless, between able-bodied people and the disabled.”
At 51, Wulff is Germany’s youngest-ever president. His 36-year-old wife, glamorous PR executive Bettina, also becomes the country’s youngest-ever First Lady.
The job became available a month ago when Horst Koehler quit. Opinion polls say 72 percent of Germans think Wulff will be a good president.