The newly elected Bundestag will meet for the first time on Tuesday. Then the Chancellor will also receive her certificate of discharge after 16 years – political retirement will still have to wait.
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the ministers of her cabinet will only be in office from Tuesday. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will present them with their discharge certificates at 5:30 p.m. at Bellevue Palace, as his office announced. Shortly before that, at 11 a.m., the newly elected Bundestag will be constituted in its first plenary session.
The procedure is laid down in the Basic Law. “The office of the Federal Chancellor or a Federal Minister ends in any case with the meeting of a new Bundestag”, it says in Article 69. You then remain in office for the time being: “At the request of the Federal President, the Federal Chancellor is, at the request of the Federal Chancellor or of the Federal President, a Federal Minister is obliged to continue the business until his successor is appointed. “
The day of the constitution is to begin with an ecumenical service to which the Catholic and Protestant Churches have invited the members of parliament and the constitutional organs. It should take place at 8.30 a.m. in the Marienkirche in Berlin-Mitte. Federal President Steinmeier will also take part in the service.