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Scholz will be German Chancellor on December 8


Correspondent in Berlin

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The three parties that will form the ‘traffic light coalition’ will ratify this weekend the text of the coalition agreement. The liberals of the FDP and the Social Democrats of the SPD will hold two congresses, while the Greens will recount the online votes of their more than one hundred thousand members. The result will be known on Monday. Once this endorsement is obtained, Olaf Scholz may go to him German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and be invested on December 8 by the vote of the Bundestag, the lower house of the German parliament, where the coalition adds 416 deputies of the total of 736 seats in the plenary session. Merkel, in charge of the Chancellery since November 22, 2005, will thus predictably leave her post after 5,860 days in power, ten days below the record of permanence in power, marked by the also Christian Democrat and his political godfather, Helmut Kohl.

In the hours before the SPD congress, it became known that the former head of the youth and current vice president of the party, Kevin Kühnert, he will become the new general secretary of the Social Democrats, who live from within the formation an early struggle for internal power, ready to manifest at the end of this legislature. Kühnert disputes influence with Lars Klingbeil, who also wants to become party leader from the co-presidency, alongside Saskia Esken. “If we do everything right, then we will have a social democratic decade ahead of us in Germany, but also in Europe,” Klingbeil said yesterday, “we have won the federal elections and I want this to continue. An electoral victory is not enough for me.

The SPD is responsible for six ministries of the next government, according to the coalition agreement, among which is that of Health. Although Scholz offered this apartment to his partners, nobody wanted it, as it was considered an element of wear and tear due to the ravages of the pandemic. The most foreseeable appointment for the position was that of the SPD health spokesman, Karls Lauterbach, who since the coronavirus appeared has been the face of the party in everything related to the pandemic, but the German press has leaked that Scholz was not Lauterbach’s supporter and that there are groups lobbying for the former president of the party, Andrea Nahles.

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