The final stage of the West German Presidential Election was filmed by VISNEWS at the East Prussia Hall in West Berlin's exhibition grounds July 1.
GV PAN Int. of the East Prussian Hall.
SV Women count votes.
SV Members await result.
SV Bundestag President Gerstenmaier announces result.
SV Dr.Luebke arises from seat and mount rostrum.
SV Dr Luebke shakes hands with Gerstenmaier.
SV Dr.Luebke shakes hands with Professor Carlo Schmid.
SV Dr Luebke shakes hands with Dr Max Becker.
LV Dr.Luebke speaks.
SCU PAN..Dr Luebke mingles with other ministers.
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Background: The final stage of the West German Presidential Election was filmed by VISNEWS at the East Prussia Hall in West Berlin's exhibition grounds July 1.
When the votes of the 1,038 Member Federal Assembly, the electoral college, had been counted at the end of the second ballot, President of the Bundestag Dr Gerstenmaier announced a conclusive result in favour of Dr Heinrich Luebke, candidate of the ruling Christian Democratic party.
After failing to obtain the necessary absolute majority of 520 votes in the first ballot, Dr Luebke received 526 votes in the second ballot. There were 22 abstentions while 386 votes went to Social Democrat Professor Carlo Schmid and 99 to Free Democrat Dr Max Becker.
The inconclusive result of the first ballot, when Dr Luebke received only 516 votes, was due to the German Party's refusal to support any of the three candidates. The party's intention to abstain in the Presidential Election was announced June 27 when Dr Adenauer's only coalition partners declared that recent party bickerings had damaged the dignity of the country's highest office. The real reason for the German Party's behaviour was seen by observers in the fact that, while it draws much of its support from farmers, it disapproved of Dr Luebke's policy as Minister of Food and Agriculture.
In the second ballot some German Party members apparently changed their mind and, having made their demonstration in the first ballot, voted for Dr Luebke to avoid a third ballot in which a simple majority would have been sufficient.
Little known by the German public, Dr Luebke faces a formidable task as President. He starts with the unjustly unflattering burden of being something of a last resort chosen after four months of searching and squabbling. He will be taking the place of a predecessor - Dr Heuss - who has won almost universal esteem at home and abroad, but a place which as such has certainly lost some of its splendour through the recent actions of Dr Adenauer.