Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been elected the 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany
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In a Federal Convention election held in Berlin on 12 February 2017, former German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected the 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany. Steinmeier received 931 of the 1,239 valid votes that were cast during the first round. With this result of the first round of voting, he won the absolute majority required under the Basic Law, Germany's constitution, for the highest office in the country. The new Head of State, who is 61 years old, said in his acceptance speech, "Let us be courageous, then I won't be afraid of the future!" On 19 March 2017, Steinmeier will assume office after being sworn in during a joint session of the Bundestag and the Bundesrat.