Barley's Social Democratic party, Merkel's junior-coalition partner in government, said Wednesday that Christine Lambrecht would move from a deputy minister job in the Finance Ministry to become the new justice minister.
Lambrecht, 54, has been a member of parliament since 1998 for the Social Democrats.
Born in the western city of Mannheim, she studied at the university there and the University of Mainz. She is a lawyer by profession.
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