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    SOCIAL DEMOCRAT DR. GUSTAV HEINEMANN WAS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ELECTED WEST GERMAN PRESIDENT BY A NARROW?

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    SOCIAL DEMOCRAT DR. GUSTAV HEINEMANN WAS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ELECTED WEST GERMAN PRESIDENT BY A NARROW MARGIN OF SIX VOTES AS EAST GERMANY IMPOSED MENACING ROAD BLOCKADE ON ISOLATED WEST BERLIN. DR. HEINEMANN, WHO IS JUSTICE MINISTER IN THE BONN GRAND COALITION, DEFEATED DEFENCE MINISTER GERHARD SCHROEDER, THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE.

    WHEN DR. HEINEMANN TAKES OVER THIS SUMMER FORM PRESIDENT LUEBKE, HE WILL BE THE FIRST SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC HEAD OF STATE IN GERMANY SINCE FREIDRICH EBERT - FIRST PRESIDENT IN THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC FOLLOWING THE ABDICATION OF KAISER WILHELM IN 1918.

    THE POLL WAS OVERSHADOWED BY AN INTENSIFIED COMMUNIST WAR OF NERVES AGAINST THE ELECTION, WITH SOVIET AND EAST GERMAN TROOPS ON DEMONSTRATIVE MANOEUVRES OUTSIDE BERLIN AND AUTOBAHN BLOCKADES TOTALLING SEVEN HOURS TODAY. THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, REQUIRING THEE BALLOTS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE WEST GERMAN HISTORY, WAS CARRIED OUT IN DEFIANCE OF THE COMMUNIST THREATS. HALF-AN-HOUR BEFORE PARLIAMENTARY SPEAKER KAI-UWE VON HASSEL ANNOUNCED THE RESULT, EAST GERMAN SOLDIERS REMOVED THE OBSTACLES AT TWO KEY CHECKPOINTS ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY.

    TODAY'S ALLIANCE BETWEEN THE OPPOSITION PARTY AND THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTNERS IN DR. KIESINGER'S GRAND COALITION COULD HERALD DEFEAT FOR THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS IN NEXT SEPTEMBER'S GENERAL ELECTION.

    RANGED WITH THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS IN SUPPORTING DR. SCHROEDER WERE HERR ADOLF VON THADDEN AND HIS FAR-RIGHTIST NATIONAL DEMOCRATS. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATS HAVE HAD A POTENTIALLY DECISIVE VOICE IN A MAJOR FEDERAL POLITICAL DECISION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1XMY02NIAPJCFYWJMFIADNNJW
    Media URN:
    VLVA1XMY02NIAPJCFYWJMFIADNNJW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/03/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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