, Dec 4 () –
The Extraordinary Congress of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) has approved with 99 percent support the agreement for a coalition government between the SPD, the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Greens, led by the visible head of the SPD itself, Olaf Scholz. Now the formal approval of Los Verdes and the FDP remains.
A total of 598 delegates from the SPD extraordinary congress have voted ‘Yes’ to the agreement, while there have been seven votes against and three abstentions, according to information from the SPD collected by German public television ARD.
Before the vote, Scholz defended the agreement: “It will be a three-party government that wants more progress for Germany.” “It is an opportunity for a new beginning (…) necessary and correct (…). We have a clear idea of how it will end,” he argued, while highlighting that the agreed program includes a large part of the program election of the SPD. In particular, he has cited the rise in the minimum wage to twelve euros per hour.
Scholz has also promised courage in his management and has advanced that his intention is to be more than four years in the Government. The coalition “seeks to cooperate amicably and to be re-elected,” he added.
As the first task of the government, Scholz has cited the fight against the coronavirus and the imposition of the necessary restrictions, in particular for the unvaccinated population. “We will fight the pandemic with all our strength. The future government will begin immediately,” he stressed.
For her part, the president of the SPD, Saskia Esken, has highlighted the “historical” nature of the agreement, although she has warned that “progress does not come alone; you have to dare.”
The FDP votes on Sunday in congress on the coalition agreement and on Monday the results of the Los Verdes consultation will be known. The coalition agreement will be formally signed on Tuesday and Scholz is scheduled to take office as chancellor on Wednesday.
The “semaphore” coalition, headed by Scholz, will turn the page to 16 years of Angela Merkel’s government and will mean the return to the opposition of her party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the main loser of the legislative elections on September 26.