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Politics and government of
Germany

The President of Germany is Germany's head of state. His official title in German is Bundespräsident (“Federal President”). Germany has a parliamentary system of government and so the position of President is largely ceremonial. Nevertheless the President has some important "reserve powers" in case of political instability (e.g. Art. 81 Basic Law).

The President is elected by the Federal Convention, a body established solely for that purpose. Christian Wulff was elected President in the 2010 presidential election. The first official residence of the President is the Bellevue Palace in Berlin. The President's second official residence is the Hammerschmidt Villa in Bonn.

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