AlJazeeraEnglish | June 29, 2010 - Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, faces an uphill battle to get Christian Wulff, her candidate, elected as president in a vote to be held on Wednesday.
Merkel's popularity ratings have hit their lowest ever, damaged in part by Germany's bailout for Greece, which is costing German tax-payers billions of dollars.
Many political analysts agree that a loss for Wulff may trigger an early election.
Alan Fisher reports from Berlin.
AFP | July 01, 2010 - Embattled German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffered a blow to her authority Wednesday as her pick for president needed three voting rounds to win election after a rebellion in her ruling coalition. Christian Wulff, 51, a conservative Merkel ally who once described himself as no "alpha male," secured 625 votes in a special electoral assembly, enough to become Germany's youngest-ever president.