Beckstein elected prime minister of Bavaria

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9 October 2007, Munich (dpa) - Guenther Beckstein was elected prime minister of the southern German state of Bavaria on Tuesday, replacing veteran politician Edmund Stoiber.

9 October 2007

Munich (dpa) - Guenther Beckstein was elected prime minister of the southern German state of Bavaria on Tuesday, replacing veteran politician Edmund Stoiber.

Beckstein, a member of the state's ruling conservative Christian Social Union, received 122 of the 178 votes cast in the Bavarian legislature.

Beckstein, the state's interior minister, was designated as prime minister by the CSU at a party congress held at the end of September. He was sworn-in after Tuesday's vote.

The CSU, sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has a two-thirds majority in the state legislature.

Stoiber stepped down after 14 years as premier at the end of last month and also retired as party leader, a position he had held since 1999.

Stoiber, who is leaving to take up a job with the European Union in Brussels, announced his resignation in January after opposition to his continued leadership rose.

Beckstein, a 63-year-old lawyer, has promised to institute changes, but said there would be no break with tradition.

Under Stoiber's guidance, Germany's second most populous state has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Germany and is home to corporate giants such as Siemens and BMW.

The CSU has been Bavaria's permanent party in power for more than four decades, regularly winning more than 50 per cent of the vote with a mix of traditional values and pro-business polices.

DPA

Subject: German news

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