February 9, 2009 / 2:03 PM / 10 years ago

FACTBOX - Germany's new Economy Minister Guttenberg

(Reuters) - German conservative Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg will replace Michael Glos as Economy Minister Tuesday, German President Horst Koehler said.

Following are five facts about Guttenberg:

* At 37, Guttenberg will be the youngest minister in Merkel’s cabinet as well as Germany’s youngest Economy Minister in the postwar era.

* A member of the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party of Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), Guttenberg has had a speedy career within the conservatives.

Guttenberg became CSU general secretary in a generational shake-up at the top of the party last year after the CSU suffered severe losses in Bavaria’s regional election.

* The political scientist, who holds a doctorate in law, has been a member of parliament since 2002.

He is a defence expert and member of the Bundestag lower house of parliament’s foreign policy committee but has kept a relatively low national profile on other policy issues until he took on his top CSU post last year.

* Guttenberg, who is married and has two children, ran his family’s business before becoming a parliamentarian.

Reporting by Kerstin Gehmlich; Editing by Giles Elgood

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