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Bavarian Minister-President Seehofer New President of the German Bundesrat

18.11.2011



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Starting November 2011, the Bavarian Minister-President Horst Seehofer fills the position of President of the Bundesrat, the German legislative assembly representing the Länder’s governments on federal scale. He thereby follows Hannelore Kraft, Minister-President of North-Rhine-Westphalia. Seehofer gave his inaugural speech during the plenary session on November 4th, acknowledging the Bundesrat as “backbone and example of a constructive cooperation for our country”.

Theoretically, the office of the President of the Bundesrat is the fourth highest in Germany and is held by the Minister-President of each one of the 16 Länder in turns every year. Usually, the President of the Bundesrat is unanimously elected.

The central task of the President of the Bundesrat is to chair the plenary session. The President of the Bundesrat replaces the Head of State (Bundespräsident) should the latter be unable to hold office. If he does so, the President of the Bundesrat cannot chair the plenary sessions. The President of the Bundesrat himself is replaced by of the Vice-Presidents when necessary.

Source : www.bayern.de/