Former German foreign minister Frank Walter Steinmeier is today expected to be elected as the country’s next president.
The new head of state – who’ll have little executive power – will take over from 77-year-old Joachim Gauck, who ruled out running for a second term because of his age.
The president is picked by a special parliamentary assembly, made up of 1,260 members.
Steinmeier – a Social Democrat – has the backing of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “grand coalition” of centre-right and centre-left parties.
Merkel could not find an appropriate conservative who wanted to run for the post.