Social Democrat Olaf Scholz elected as German chancellor

Scholz got a clear majority of 395 votes from lawmakers in the Bundestag lower house of parliament.



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Published: Wed 8 Dec 2021, 1:28 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Dec 2021, 2:59 PM

German lawmakers elected Social Democrat Olaf Scholz as new chancellor on Wednesday, ending 16 years of conservative rule under Angela Merkel and paving the way for a pro-European coalition government which has vowed to boost green investment.

Scholz, 63, who served as vice chancellor and finance minister in Merkel's outgoing government, got a clear majority of 395 votes from lawmakers in the Bundestag lower house of parliament, Bundestag President Baerbel Bas said.


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