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Germany's Scholz to take over from Merkel as chancellor

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 8th December, 2021 03:32:41 PM
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Olaf Scholz will be sworn in as German chancellor on Wednesday, leading a three-party government that takes over from Angela Merkel after 16 years in office.

The German parliament, where his coalition has a substantial majority, will first vote him into office, BBC reported.

His new government is formed of Social Democrats, Greens and Free Democrats.

The handover of power also marks an end to Mrs Merkel's 31-year political career.

Scholz, a soft-spoken 63-year-old, steered the Social Democrats to election victory in late September, positioning himself as continuity candidate because he played a key role in the Merkel government as vice-chancellor.

After the vote in the German parliament, the Bundestag, he will go to see President Frank-Walter Steinmeier before returning at midday (11:00 GMT) to be sworn in. He is set to take over from Mrs Merkel at 15:00.