Olaf Scholz claims victory in German elections, to succeed Merkel

Olaf Scholz

Olaf Scholz: Angela Merkel's successor as German Chancellor

The leader of the Social Democratic Party, Olaf Scholz, announced today that he has a mandate to form a new German government with the Greens and Free Democratic Party (FDP) after winning the federal election.

Scholz said that the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union bloc of Angela Merkel should go into opposition following the Sunday vote.

The Social Democrats have secured 25.7% of the votes in the country, according to results revealed by the electoral commission.

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Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc has gained only 24.1% of the votes – its worst result since the 1949 election.

In the meantime, the Greens came in third place with a reassuring 14.8% of the vote, followed by the Free Democratic Party and the Alternative for Germany party, with 11.5% and 10.3% respectively.