An indirect presidential election was held in West Germany on 23 May 1989. The only candidate was incumbent Richard von Weizsäcker, who had the support of the four major parties at the time (CDU/CSU, SPD, FDP, and The Greens). It was the first, and to date only time that a presidential candidate ran unopposed.
The President is elected by the Federal Convention consisting of all the members of the Bundestag and an equal number of delegates representing the states. These are divided proportionally by population to each state, and each state's delegation is divided among the political parties represented in its parliament so as to reflect the partisan proportions in the parliament.