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Joachim Gauck

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Joachim Gauck

Co-leader of the German Green party Claudia Roth, Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) Sigmar Gabriel, Former East German rights activist Joachim Gauck, German chancellor Angela Merkel, Bavarian State Governor Horst Seehofer and German Economy Minister and vice-chancellor Philipp Roesler give a press conference on February 19, 2012 at the Chancellery in Berlin to announce that Gauck will replace resigned Christian Wulff as German president.

JOHN MACDOUGALL