• Short Summary

    WEST GERMANY'S SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY NOMINATED YESTERDAY, AT A RALLY IN WEST BERLIN, ITS CANDIDATE FOR NEXT YEAR'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.

  • Description

    WEST GERMANY'S SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY NOMINATED YESTERDAY, AT A RALLY IN WEST BERLIN, ITS CANDIDATE FOR NEXT YEAR'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS. HE IS DR GUSTAV HEINEMANN, THE 69-YEAR-OLD MINISTER OF JUSTICE IN WEST GERMANY'S COALITION GOVERNMENT. HIS NOMINATION WAS PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED, AT A HECTIC RALLY IN WEST BERLIN, BY HERR WILLY BRANDT, WEST GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER AND LEADER OF THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

    PRESENT AT THE RALLY WITH HERR BRANDT, WERE HERR SCHILLER, MINISTER OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, HERR LEBER, MINISTER OF TRANSPORT AND HERR SCHUETZ, LEADER OF THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN WEST BERLIN. THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S CHOICE WAS ANNOUNCED AFTER A MEETING OF THE PARTY'S EXECUTIVE. THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS ARE SCHEDULED EARLY NEXT YEAR.

    PRESIDENT LUEBKE, HEAD OF STATE FOR THE LAST EIGHT YEARS, SAID LAST MONTH THAT HE PLANS TO STEP DOWN IN JUNE 1969, 10 WEEKS BEFORE THE END OF HIS TERM OF OFFICE. THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY WILL HOLD ITS CONVENTION IN BERLIN IN NOVEMBER, AND ITS CANDIDATE IS EXPECTED TO BE THE PRESENT COALITION'S DEFENCE MINISTER HERR GERAHRD SCHROEDER.

    AFTER ANNOUNCING THE NOMINATION OF DR. HEINEMANN, AND ONCE THE HECKLING HAD CEASED, HERR BRANDT ATTACKED THE EAST GERMAN AUTHORITIES ON THEIR ATTITUDE TO A DIVIDED BERLIN.

    THE OUTGOING PRESIDENT HERR LUEBKE HAS BEEN A CONTROVERSIAL FIGURE. THE FAVOURITE TO SUCCEED HIM IS DR GERHARD SCHROEDER, THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE. THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS THE BIGGEST PARTY IN THE COUNTRY BUT DOES NOT COMMAND ABSOLUTE MAJORITY IN PARLIAMENT WHICH ELECTS THE PRESIDENT. THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE HAS, AS MINISTER OF JUSTICE, WAGED A CAMPAIGN FOR MORE LIBERAL LAWS. HE IS CURRENTLY SEEKING LEGISLATION TO REPEAL THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS WHICH IN EFFECT HALTS PROSECUTION OF NAZI CRIMES AFTER DECEMBER 1969.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEU0M32FW1WUN98AML95XIOAWW
    Media URN:
    VLVAEU0M32FW1WUN98AML95XIOAWW
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/11/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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