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President of German Parliament Visits S. Korea
The President of the German Parliament (Bundestag), Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert

The President of the German Parliament (Bundestag), Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, is officially visiting the Republic of Korea at an invitation of his counterpart, Kim Hyong-O, from August 27 to 31, 2008.

He is accompanied by Hartmut Koschyk, Member of the German Bundestag and Chairman of the German-Korean Parliamentary group. An exchange of ideas with the Speaker of the National Assembly Kim Hyong-O and other assemblymen is scheduled on August 28 as well as a talk with President Lee Myung-bak on August 29.

Moreover, meetings with members of the Korean-German Chamber of Commerce, Korean artists, experts on reunification and a talk with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President Kim Dae-jung are planned.

Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert will also receive a honorary doctorate (Political Science) from Korea University on August 28, 2008 for his merits in strengthening democracy.

Who Is Dr. Norbert Lammert?

Dr. Norbert Lammert (born November 16, 1948 in Bochum) is a German politician (CDU). As of 2005, he is the President of the Bundestag, the lower house of the German parliament. According to the German order of precedence, this makes him Germany's second-highest ranking official after President Horst Köhler.

Following the 2005 federal elections, Lammert was elected by the Bundestag on October 18, 2005, to replace Wolfgang Thierse (SPD). Lammert received 564 of 607 votes cast, including most of the SPD's votes. He is a Catholic.






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