The President of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), Martin Schulz, in Berlin, on February 7, 2018
Martin Schulz announced on Wednesday afternoon that he wants to leave soon the presidency of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD), after the agreement concluded with the conservatives of Chancellor Angela Merkel to form a future coalition government.
The former president of the European Parliament, 62, who aspires to the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs, considers not being able to guarantee the best way „the process of renewal“ of his party, he said at a press conference in Berlin.
Andrea Nahles, 47, head of the party’s parliamentary group, is destined to succeed him. The former Labor Minister, who refused to participate in a new grand coalition, would be the first woman to lead the oldest party in Germany.
„The game has to be rejuvenated and feminized, after 150 years, this game finally comes to a woman,“ Schulz said.
He also wanted to organize an extraordinary congress of the SPD for the election of Nahles, after a planned vote of its militants on the coalition project with the conservatives. This internal consultation will take place on February 20 and 460,000 social democratic affiliates will be able to participate. The result will be known on March 4.
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