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Federal President of the Federal Republic of Germany
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Incumbent
Frank-Walter Steinmeier

since 19 March 2017
Style His Excellency
(in international relations only)
Residence Schloss Bellevue (Berlin)
Villa Hammerschmidt (Bonn)
Appointer Federal Convention
Term length Five years
Renewable once, consecutively
Constituting instrument Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany
Precursor The Reichspräsident
Formation 24 May 1949
First holder Theodor Heuss
Website www.bundespraesident.de

The President of Germany (German: Bundespräsident, literally: federal president) is the head of state of the Federal Republic of Germany. His functions are mostly supervising and representative, because of the negative experiences with the office of its predecessor the Reich President (Reichskanzler).

The president is elected every five years by the Bundesversammlung.

List of Presidents

  1. Theodor Heuss (FDP), 1949 – 1959
  2. Heinrich Lübke (CDU), 1959 – 1969
  3. Gustav Heinemann (SPD), 1969 – 1974
  4. Walter Scheel (FDP), 1974 – 1979
  5. Karl Carstens (CDU), 1979 – 1984
  6. Richard von Weizsäcker (CDU), 1984 – 1994
  7. Roman Herzog (CDU), 1994 – 1999
  8. Johannes Rau (SPD), 1999 – 2004
  9. Horst Köhler (CDU), 2004 – 2010
  10. Christian Wulff (CDU), 2010 – 2012
  11. Joachim Gauck (Independent), 2012 – 2017
  12. Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD), since 20172

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