The members of the Bundestag applauded the outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel as she stood up and witnessed the election of the Social Democrat Olaf Scholz as the new head of government from the guest gallery.
With the exception of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), the representatives of the other parliamentary groups honored the role of Chancellor Merkel, who has resigned for 16 years, with long applause. Election in September.
The former chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) announced more than three years ago that she would no longer lead the party and, as before, would resign as Chancellor in the following federal election. However, he does not hand over the baton to a colleague of the CDU, but to a political rival.
Scholz was also a coalition partner as he acted as “number two” in 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 and involved him in important decisions, for example to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Scholz will become the ninth Federal Chancellor of democratic Germany and will regain a power for the SPD that it has not had since 2005, when Gerhard Schröder stopped being Chancellor. Schröder also took part in the long-awaited parliamentary session on Wednesday.
“Olaf Scholz will be very, very well received,” he told the world network and emphasized that he had “great confidence” in him, reports the agency dpa. Schröder was chancellor, supported by Los Verdes, a formation that will govern together with the FDP in this new phase and form the so-called traffic light coalition.