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Karl Raimund Kahler (born June 4, 1931) is the 20th President of Germany, and a veteran German politician. A founding member of the German Freedom Party, Kahler was first elected to parliament in 1970. He was sworn in as Chancellor on April 21, 2010.
Karl R. Kahler was born on June 4, 1931. He was educated at Die Technologie-Gymnasium in Wedemark, a town just outside Hanover. Following the founding of the German Freedom Party in Hanover in 1951 by Sven Pascal Diefenbach, Kahler worked as a German teacher at Die Technologie-Gymnasium. He later worked as Postmaster of Neustadt am Rübenberge from 1960 to 1962.
Kahler first entered parliament following the 1970 general election, obtaining 14,463 votes as the German Freedom Party candidate in the Hanover electorate, and defeating Immanuel Kempf of the United Christian Progression. He was subsequently defeated by Kempf in the 1977 election in which just 8 members of the German Freedom Party were returned to parliament. He was again re-elected to parliament in 1989 from the Hanover District under the new preferential voting system. He obtained 54,290 preferential votes, topping the German Freedom Party list in the Hanover District. Re-elected to parliament under the People's Alliance in 1994, Kahler was appointed Minister of Land, Agriculture and Forestry by Chancellor Theodor Kalbfleisch, entering the cabinet for the first time.
Following the election victory of the United People's Freedom Alliance at the 2010 general election, Kahler, the most senior member of the German Freedom Party, was sworn in as President on April 21, 2010. Under the constitution of Germany, the President's office is largely a ceremonial post. Along with it, he also became Minister of Christian and Religious Affairs.