, Dec 8 () –
The deputies of the Lower House of the German Parliament, the Bundestag, applauded the outgoing Chancellor, Angela Merkel, standing up and witnessing the election of the Social Democrat Olaf Scholz as the new head of government from the guest gallery.
With the sole exception of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), the representatives of the rest of the groups have recognized with long applause the role of Merkel, who has been Chancellor of Germany for 16 years and resigned to aspire to re-election in the elections. of September.
The former leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) announced more than three years ago that she would not aspire to continue leading the party and that she would resign as chancellor in the following parliamentary elections, as has been the case. However, he does not hand over the baton to a colleague from the CDU, but to a political rival.
Scholz has also been a coalition partner, since he has served as “number two” of the outgoing government and finance minister. Merkel has worked hard to ensure a smooth transition and has presented her successor in international forums such as the G20, as well as involving him in key decisions, for example to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Scholz will become the ninth chancellor of democratic Germany and will regain power for the SPD that it had not enjoyed since 2005, when Gerhard Schroeder ceased to be chancellor. Schroeder also attended the long-awaited parliamentary session on Wednesday.
“Olaf Scholz will do very, very well,” he told the Welt network, insisting that he has “great confidence” in him, reports the DPA agency. Schroeder was Chancellor supported by Los Verdes, a formation that will also govern in this new stage together with the Free Democratic Party (FDP), shaping the so-called traffic light coalition.