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SPD presidency: Olaf Scholz wants to keep ministerial office also as SPD boss

2019-08-25T22:44:07.583Z

Together with Klara Geywitz, the finance minister has applied for the SPD party presidency. Should the duo win, Scholz still wants to continue his government office.


Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has announced that he will not resign his government office if he should be elected SPD chief. The idea of ​​then leaving the federal government, he finds absurd, said the Vice Chancellor on the ARD program Anne Will . And he believes that even the SPD members would find that absurd. However, he acknowledged that it would be very difficult in terms of time to connect the party chairmanship with his ministry.

Together with Brandenburg SPD politician Klara Geywitz, he is applying for the SPD chairmanship so that the party can enjoy the strength it deserves over the next few years and the country needs it, said Scholz. On previous statements, according to which he has too little time as the minister of finance for the party leadership, Scholz said he had changed his point on the point. The discussions over the SPD in the past weeks he could not endure any longer. He wanted the SPD to be taken seriously and its strength to be trusted.

Since the resignation of Andrea Nahles in June, the SPD presidency is vacant. Applications are still possible until the 1st of September. This is followed by 23 regional conferences, where the candidates can introduce themselves. In fact, the top is determined in a member survey. The procedure is formally completed at a party congress in Berlin at the beginning of December. There, the SPD also wants to vote on their mid-term review with the Union.

Source: zeit

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