New German President Joachim Gauck reacts after he was elected by a special federal assembly in Berlin, Sunday, March 18, 2012. A wide majority of German lawmakers has elected former East German pro-democracy activist Joachim Gauck as new president. Parliament speaker Norbert Lammert said Sunday that Gauck, who enjoyed the backing of most major parties, received 991 of the 1,232 ballots cast. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

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New German President Joachim Gauck reacts after he was elected by a special federal assembly in Berlin, Sunday, March 18, 2012. A wide majority of German lawmakers has elected former East German pro-democracy activist Joachim Gauck as new president.  Parliament speaker Norbert Lammert said Sunday that Gauck, who enjoyed the backing of most major parties, received 991 of the 1,232 ballots cast. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
New German President Joachim Gauck reacts after he was elected by a special federal assembly in Berlin, Sunday, March 18, 2012. A wide majority of German lawmakers has elected former East German pro-democracy activist Joachim Gauck as new president. Parliament speaker Norbert Lammert said Sunday that Gauck, who enjoyed the backing of most major parties, received 991 of the 1,232 ballots cast. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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