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The Federal Convention (Bundesversammlung) is a special body in the institutional system of Germany, convoked only for the purpose of selecting the Bundespräsident every five years. The Bundesversammlung is comprised of the entire membership of the Bundestag (Germany's parliament) and an equal number of state delegates selected by the state parliaments especially for this purpose, proportionally to their population figures. Among the latter are not only politicians: it is customary for the several states to also nominate celebrities and other prominent or specially deserving people. From the time of their nomination until the closing of the session of the Federal Convention, its members enjoy parliamentary immunity with regard to prosecution by public authorities in very much the same way as members of the Bundestag do. The Bundesrat (federal council) is the representation of the 16 Federal States (Länder) of Germany at the federal level. ... The Bundestag (Federal Diet) is the parliament of Germany. ... The Federal Constitutional Court (in German: Bundesverfassungsgericht, BVerfG) is a special court established by the German Constitution, the Grundgesetz (Basic Law). ... The Bundesgerichtshof or BGH (German for federal court) is the highest Germany for civil and criminal lawsuits. ... The President of Germany (German: Bundespräsident, formerly Reichspräsident) is Germanys head of state. ... Horst Köhler ( â–¶(?), born 22 February 1943) is the current President of Germany. ... The head of government of Germany has been known as the Chancellor (German: Kanzler) ever since the creation of the post. ... Angela Dorothea Merkel (pronounced //), born in Hamburg, Germany on July 17, 1954 is the current Chancellor of Germany. ... The Cabinet of Germany (German: Bundeskabinett, Bundesregierung) is the chief executive body of the Federal Republic of Germany. ... Germany is a Federal Republic made up of 16 States, known in German as Länder (transliterated as Laender in English, singular Land). ... There are 439 German districts (Kreise), administrative units in Germany. ... Elections in Germany gives information on election and election results in Germany, including elections to the Federal Diet (the lower house of the federal parliament), the Landtage of the various states, and local elections. ... This is a list of political parties in Germany. ... Germany is seen to be one of the democratic nations in Europe. ... The Federal Republic of Germany is a Central European country and member of the European Union, Group of 8 and NATO (among others). ... The European Union or EU is a supranational and intergovernmental union of 25 European states. ... Image File history File links European_flag. ... This article gives an overview of the History of Germany. ... Information on politics by country is available for every country, including both de jure and de facto independent states, inhabited dependent territories, as well as areas of special sovereignty. ... The President of Germany (German: Bundespräsident, formerly Reichspräsident) is Germanys head of state. ... The Bundestag (Federal Diet) is the parliament of Germany. ... Germany is a Federal Republic made up of 16 States, known in German as Länder (transliterated as Laender in English, singular Land). ... A politician is an individual involved in politics, sometimes this may include political scientists. ... A celebrity is a person who is widely recognized (famous) in a society and commands a degree of public and media attention. ... The Bundestag (Federal Diet) is the parliament of Germany. ...


Since 1979, the Bundesversammlung has traditionally met on May 23, the anniversary of the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany and the coming-into-force of the Basic Law in 1949. It is chaired by the Speaker of the Bundestag and is dissolved once the elected president declares that he accepts his election, which decision he can delay for up to two days (however, no president has ever done so). This page refers to the year 1979. ... May 23 is the 143rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (144th in leap years). ... This is a list of articles about the fundamental constitutional laws, known as Basic Laws, of various jurisdictions. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ...


The procedure of the election of the Bundespräsident consists of - at the most - three secret votes by written ballot. If one of the first two votes ends with an absolute majority for one of the candidates, this candidate is elected immediately. If the first two votes do not lead to an absolute majority, a plurality is sufficient in the third and last vote. According to the Grundgesetz, the president is elected without a debate in the federal convention. The candidates are, usually, nominated by one or more parties, but do not run a campaign. The candidate, whose party or parties have the majority, is considered to be the likely winner and mostly, he got the majority. An election is a decision making process whereby people vote for preferred political candidates or parties to act as representatives in government. ... Voting is a method of decision making wherein a group such as a meeting or an electorate attempts to gauge its opinion—usually as a final step following discussions or debates. ... A ballot is a device used to record choices made by voters. ... Absolute majority is a supermajoritarian voting requirement which is stricter than a simple majority. ... A plurality (or relative majority) is the largest share of something, which may or may not be a majority. ... This is a list of articles about the fundamental constitutional laws, known as Basic Laws, of various jurisdictions. ...


The last assembly of the Bundesversammlung was held on May 23, 2004, when Horst Köhler was elected by the slight majority of 604 out of 1205 votes. May 23 is the 143rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (144th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Horst Köhler ( â–¶(?), born 22 February 1943) is the current President of Germany. ...


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The Federal Convention (Bundesversammlung) is a special body in the institutional system of Germany, convoked only for the purpose of selecting the Bundespräsident every five years.
The Bundesversammlung is comprised of the entire membership of the Bundestag (Germany's parliament) and an equal number of state delegates selected by the state parliaments especially for this purpose, proportionally to their population figures.
Since 1979, the Bundesversammlung has traditionally met on May 23, the anniversary of the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany and the coming-into-force of the Basic Law in 1949.
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