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Report: Merkel backs opposition's choice for president
By REUTERS
02/19/2012
BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have backed popular opposition candidate and former East German rights activist Joachim Gauck to become president, senior coalition sources said on Sunday.

Merkel's backing effectively secures the largely ceremonial but influential post for Gauck, who already had the support of her junior coalition allies the Free Democrats (FDP) and the opposition Social Democrats (SPD).
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