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BERLIN, November 18. /TASS/. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will retain his position as the country’s top diplomat despite his presidential nomination, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Martin Schaefer said on Friday.
"Like some other German politicians before him, Steinmeier is the foreign minister and a presidential candidate simultaneously," Schaefer noted. He pointed out that "this was the case with one of Steinmeier’s predecessors - Walter Scheel." "When the minister believes it appropriate, he will resign, but I can’t say when that will be," the foreign ministry spokesman concluded.
European Parliament's Martin Schulz is considered to be one of the potential candidates for the future position of foreign minister.
The German Federal Assembly (a special body that elects the president) will be convened on January 12, 2017. The Assembly consists of 1,260 delegates, half of them being the Bundestag members while representatives of the federal states’ parliaments constitute the other half. Incumbent German President Joachim Gauck said in early June that he would not run for the second term in office.