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    DR. GUSTAV HEINEMANN, WHO WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE GERMAN FEDERAL REPUBLIC LAST MARCH, IS?

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    DR. GUSTAV HEINEMANN, WHO WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE GERMAN FEDERAL REPUBLIC LAST MARCH, IS TO BE INSTALLED IN OFFICE ON JULY 1. HIS VICTORY HAS BEEN CONSIDERED A SUCCESS FOR LIBERALISM AND WAS TERMED A SIGNIFICANT DATE WHICH HAD PREVENTED A FURTHER SWING TO THE RIGHT IN WEST GERMANY.

    DR. HEINEMANN, THE THIRD PRESIDENT OF WEST GERMANY AND THE FIRST SOCIALIST EVER TO HOLD THE OFFICE, BEGAN AS A FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY. BUT HE RESIGNED HIS POST AS THE LATE CHANCELLOR KONRAD ADENAUER'S MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR OVER PLANS TO SECURE THE RE-ARMAMENT OF THE COUNTRY. DR. HEINEMANN FELT THAT SUCH A MOVE WOULD BE AN OBSTACLE TO EVENTUAL GERMAN RE-UNIFICATION.

    THE FORMER LAWYER EVENTUALLY BECAME MINISTER OF JUSTICE UNDER DR. KIESIENGER'S SOCIAL DEMOCRATS.

    AS PRESIDENT HE CAN BE EXPECTED TO BRIDGE THE GENERATION GAP. IN LAST YEAR'S VIOLENCE IN SEVERAL WEST GERMAN CITIES, HE APPEARED ON TELEVISION TO APPEAL FOR CALM ON BOTH SIDES. IN HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH BEFORE THE BUNDESTAG, THE WEST GERMAN PARLIAMENT, HE SAID HE WOULD TRY TO BRING ALL SECTIONS OF THE POPULATION TOGETHER. HE STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF MEETING THE "JUSTIFIED" DEMANDS OF YOUTH.

    THE 69-YEAR-OLD FORMER LAWYER AND MAYOR OF ESSEN, LIVES WITH HIS WIFE, HILDA, IN ESSEN. HE IS VISITED REGULARLY BY HIS FOUR CHILDREN AND 12 GRANDCHILDREN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6PDP8AEFHQA48O6Z67FGAWLHL
    Media URN:
    VLVA6PDP8AEFHQA48O6Z67FGAWLHL
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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