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Germany: Gauck announces he won't seek second term as German President01:44

Germany: Gauck announces he won't seek second term as German President

Germany, Berlin
June 6, 2016 at 23:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

German President Joachim Gauck announced that he would not run for a second term as the country's head of state in 2017, during a press conference at the official presidential residence Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Monday.

"Today I wish to tell you that I have decided not to run again for the office of German president. The decision was not easy for me," he said, adding "I find it to be a great honour to serve the Federal Republic of Germany."

The 76-year-old Gauck stressed that "years between 77 and 82 are different than those that I'm in right now. I do not want to commit myself for another period of five years, to levels of energy and vitality that I cannot guarantee."

A new German president will be chosen in February, 2017, until that time Gauck stated that he "will seriously and happily fulfill my duties."

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German President Joachim Gauck announced that he would not run for a second term as the country's head of state in 2017, during a press conference at the official presidential residence Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Monday.

"Today I wish to tell you that I have decided not to run again for the office of German president. The decision was not easy for me," he said, adding "I find it to be a great honour to serve the Federal Republic of Germany."

The 76-year-old Gauck stressed that "years between 77 and 82 are different than those that I'm in right now. I do not want to commit myself for another period of five years, to levels of energy and vitality that I cannot guarantee."

A new German president will be chosen in February, 2017, until that time Gauck stated that he "will seriously and happily fulfill my duties."