Germany holds farewell ceremony for outgoing President Gauck

13:54   18 March 2017    534

Joachim Gauck is stepping down as the President of Germany.Gauck, 77, was president since 2012.

He will be succeeded by former Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, 61, reported the German Deutsche Welle (DW) TV and radio company.

In a farewell ceremony on Friday, Gauck was given the highest military honors in front of a crowd of 600 guests in capital city Berlin.

He had turned down a second five-year term as president, citing his age and waning energy.

Joachim Gauck’s term in office as president, however, will officially end on Saturday.

And Steinmeier, who was elected in mid-February by a large majority of the special federal assembly, will officially take over as German head of state on Sunday.

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