Germany gets a new chancellor

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Olaf Scholz, a well-renowned German politician, has done what many German politicians had believed could not be done. He brought the Social Democratic Party of Germany back from the grave. Known as the SPD for its initials in German, it is Germany’s oldest political party and it dates back to its creation in 1863, the party has also been last in the polls for years. In Sunday’s elections, the SPD gained votes and got ahead, winning almost 26 percent of the vote, according to prefatory numbers. The Christian Democratic Union won 24 percent of the vote, the lowest point of the political party since its founding in 1945.
Olaf Scholz, a Social Democrat, barely defeated Angela Merkel’s party, according to early preliminary results. As a candidate for Chancellor of Germany, Scholz still needs to forge a CDU majority coalition. If he is successful at replacing the CDU’s Angela Merkel, he might likely just be overturned as chancellor of Germany after 16 years of leadership. Scholz’s political party was the junior partner to the CDU in Merkel’s outgoing administration, the third time the SPD joined its traditional rival in a coalition. It’s the SPD that took on this unhesitant strategy that has enabled Scholz to raise his political profile nationally.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has congratulated Olaf Scholz, the leader of the rival Social Democratic Party, on his party’s election success, a government spokesperson said on Wednesday. “The Chancellor on Monday congratulated Olaf Scholz on his election success,” the statement read, according to Reuters reporting. It’s the first time since the start of the election that Merkel’s comments on the election outcome have been made public. Preliminary results showed the Social Democratic Party had narrowly beat Merkel’s conservative bloc of the Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union. The SPD got slightly more than a quarter of the vote, while the CDU-CSU got slightly less than 25%, according to preliminary results.
As of now, German voters could go weeks or even months without a new government in place. Meanwhile, Merkel will remain as acting chancellor, if she’s still in the role on December 17, she will be Germany’s longest ever serving chancellor since Otto von Bismarck, ahead of Helmut Kohl, whose tenure lasted more than 16 years. Bismarck, Germany’s “Iron Chancellor” served from 1871 to 1890. It’s all a matter of time now before the people of Germany choose a leader for the future ahead.

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