Berlin – The SPD wants to elect Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz as candidate for chancellor. “Olaf has the Chancellor’s boom,” party leaders Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans wrote on Twitter on Monday.
Scholz himself said he looked forward to a “fair and successful big election campaign with a strong team”. The presidium and the bureau had nominated him unanimously. The media group Funke and the newspaper “Bild” had already spoken about it.
The personality had long been suspected – but was also extremely controversial within the party. “We know this decision is an unexpected turning point for some,” party leaders said. “We ask for confidence in our path. We have decided to follow this path together.”
Esken and Walter-Borjans have long been seen as opponents of Scholz, and they won the party chairman’s election against him last year. Since then, there has been “side-by-side” and trusting cooperation between the party leadership, the leadership of the parliamentary group and the social democratic ministers, party leaders said.
“In this close cooperation, we saw Olaf Scholz as a reliable and team-oriented partner who can and wants to fight for a social democratic policy for this country and who shares with us the vision of a just society.”
According to polls, Scholz is the most popular SPD politician among the population and made a name for himself in the Corona Crisis with courageous action and the creation of billion dollar aid programs. In the SPD itself, however, it is controversial – especially among the left.
More recently, members of the Bundestag parliamentary group and other SPD ministers have spoken out in favor of him as a candidate for chancellor. Group leader Rolf Mützenich said after the council’s decision: “Olaf Scholz has proven by his extensive political experience in government and parliament as well as head of state government that he can run our country itself. in difficult times. “
With great focus and a desire for reform, he sets the right priorities so that Germany remains socially just and economically strong. “That is why he is our candidate for chancellor.” The group will support him with all its strength and convictions. “You can count on that.”
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