• Short Summary

    WEST GERMAN PRESIDENT HEINRICH LUEBKE FORMALLY ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY) THAT HE WOULD STEP DOWN NEXT JUNE 30, TEN WEEKS BEFORE HIS SECOND FIVE-YEAR EXPIRES IN SEPTEMBER.

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    CROWD OUTSIDE VILLA; LUEBKE STEPS; TROOPS PARADE; OFFICIALS; BAND.




    Initials GHB/V/AS/OS



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    Background: WEST GERMAN PRESIDENT HEINRICH LUEBKE FORMALLY ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY) THAT HE WOULD STEP DOWN NEXT JUNE 30, TEN WEEKS BEFORE HIS SECOND FIVE-YEAR EXPIRES IN SEPTEMBER. THE WHITE-HAIRED HEAD OF STATE DISCLOSED HIS PREMATURE RETIREMENT TO WEST GERMAN GOVERNMENT LEADERS AT HIS 74TH BIRTHDAY RECEPTION AT HIS PRESIDENTIAL VILLA IN BONN.

    DR. LUEBKE ALSO SUGGESTED THAT THE SPECIAL PARLIAMENTARY CONVENTION TO ELECT HIS SUCCESSOR SHOULD BE HELD IN MID-APRIL TO ALLOW A FIVE-MONTH GAP BEFORE SEPTEMBER'S GENERAL ELECTION.

    THE POLITICAL PARTIES HAVE ALREADY STARTED TO GROOM POSSIBLE SUCCESSORS, AMONG WHOM CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT GERHARD SCHROEDER, THE 58-YEAR OLD DEFENCE MINISTER, IS A STRONG CANDIDATE. THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATS ARE EXPECTED TO PRESENT JUSTICE MINISTER GUSTAV HEINEMANN, 69, AS THEIR CANDIDATE TO THE FEDERAL ASSEMBLY, STATE PARLIAMENTS WHICH ELECTS THE PRESIDENT.

    AT TODAY'S BIRTHDAY RECEPTION, PRESIDENT LUEBKE WAS CONGRATULATED BY MINISTERS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AS TROOPS PARADED AND A BAND PLAYED ON THE LAWNS OF HIS RESIDENCE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA251LSF8JXKOV0OCD8I1QH8HSG
    Media URN:
    VLVA251LSF8JXKOV0OCD8I1QH8HSG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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