BERLIN, 2 Sep. (DPA / EP) –
Eight double candidates will aspire to the leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) of Germany in the impending primary elections, which would also add several applicants who attend individually, as reported by political formation.
One of the interim leaders of the party, Manuela Schwesig, has admitted that there may be criticism for the large number of candidates, so she has assured that “whoever wants to be the leader must demonstrate endurance” if he wants to be proclaimed head of the SPD on June 26 October.
The SPD is in full restructuring following its electoral defeats, the last one in the state of Saxony, where it received only 7.7 percent of the votes. The previous leader, Andrea Nahles, resigned after the European elections in late May.
Among the candidates confirmed on Monday are the vice chancellor, Olaf Scholz, the secretary of state for European Michel Roth, the former finance minister of North Rhine Westphalia Norbert Walter-Borjans, the interior minister of Lower Saxony, Boris Pistorius, the leader Social Democrat Ralf Stegner and the 'number two' of the SPD, Ralf Stegner.