Herr Helmut Schmidt was elected the new Chancellor of West Germany on Thursday (16th May) by a secret ballot of the Bundestag, regarded as a formality.
Herr Helmut Schmidt was elected the new Chancellor of West Germany on Thursday (16th May) by a secret ballot of the Bundestag, regarded as a formality. He inherits the reins of power from Herr Willy Brandt, who resigned suddenly last week in the midst of a spy scandal.
Herr Schmidt, the former Finance Minister, was elected by 267 votes of the 492 Deputies present. The Social Democratic party and the Free Democratic party which make up the government hold 271 of the 496 voting seats.
Frau Annemarie Renger, the woman speaker of the Bundestag, (the lower House of Parliament) announced the results of the ballot and wished the new chancellor every success.
He becomes the fifth Chancellor since the West German Republic was established 25 years ago. Herr Schmidt, at 55, is regarded as a modern technocrat, combining political and administrative skill in a way that is likely to bring a new style of Briskly efficient leadership to the country.
The new Chancellor is to be sworn in on Friday (17th May), together with his Cabinet of fourteen men and one woman. He will then announce his governments' programme for the remainder of the Parliamentary term which expires in November 1976.