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GERMANS SWITCH CHOICE FOR FOREIGN POST

Germany's Free Democratic Party (FDP) Tuesday reversed its earlier decision and nominated Justice Minister Klaus Kinkel to succeed Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher next month. Chancellor Helmut Kohl had agreed the post should remain in the hands of the FDP, a coalition partner of his Christian Democratic Union.

In a dramatic vote by the FDP's parliamentary members, Irmgard Schwaetzer, the present construction minister, was dropped in favor of Mr. Kinkel.

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Legislators were angered by party leader Otto Lambsdorff's apparent bid to choose a candidate without consultation.