Olaf Scholz wants to become party leader - page 1

Federal Finance Minister and Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz has announced his candidacy for the presidency of the SPD. "I'm ready to compete, if you want that," Scholz said after matching media information on Monday this week in a telephone switch with the interim chairmen Malu Dreyer, Manuela Schwesig and Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel. In the switch, there would have been no contradiction. According to Party circles Scholz speaks since then with leading social democrats and is looking for a tandem partner, with whom he can compete as a double top.

After the resignation of Andrea Nahles Scholz had declared that he was not available for the party chairmanship due to time constraints. So far nobody had wanted to run for rank. The 61-year-old Scholz is a proponent of the grand coalition. The party considers it possible that Scholz's move will lead to other candidacies. The application deadline is 1 September. Afterwards the candidates have to introduce themselves on 23 dates in the regional associations.

At the beginning of June, former SPD chairman Andrea Nahles resigned from all political posts. The party is currently provisionally headed by Malu Dreyer, Manuela Schwesig and Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel. The acting party leadership had drafted an application process in which individual applicants and teams of two can report until the end of August. About the chairpersons should then decide the approximately 440,000 SPD members.

An overview of all candidates and teams who have applied for the SPD presidency can be found here:

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