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A new president is scheduled to be elected in Germany. The president is chosen by a special Federal Convention (Bundesversammlung) which meets for this task alone. This body consists of some 1,244 members: half are members of the Bundestag, with an equal number of members selected by the sixteen federal state parliaments. The election consists of a maximum of three secret votes by written ballot. If one of the first two votes ends with an absolute majority for one of the candidates, this candidate is elected immediately. If the first two votes do not lead to an absolute majority.