Merkel Agrees on Plan Should President Wulff Leave, Report Says

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the two leaders of her government coalition parties have agreed on a procedure to nominate a successor in case President Christian Wulff steps down, Rheinische Post reported today, without saying how it got the information.

The government would propose a candidate that would also find the support of the opposition Social Democrats and the Green Party, according to the newspaper. Possible successors include Katrin Goering-Eckardt, a deputy head of Germany’s lower house of parliament and a member of the Green party, and Klaus Toepfer, executive director of the UN Environment Program and a member of Merkel’s Christian Democrats, Rheinische Post said.

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