The office of German president is largely ceremonial, but represents a moral authority. It has been vacant since the resignation last Friday of Christian Wulff, who is suspected of corruption. The media and the opposition had accused of having used his position as head of Lower Saxony (2003-2010) for financial gain and multiple different, then attempting to cover-up .
The next president will be elected by the Federal Assembly consists of 620 deputies of the Bundestag and as many delegates from the political and civil society chosen by the regional parliaments, to be held March 18.
Sunday, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that the government coalition and much of the opposition chose Joachim Gauck, 72, pastor of militant human rights in the former GDR, to be the next president of the republic.