'Traffic light' shines as Scholz set to take over as German Chancellor

Traffic light

[Berlin: New elected German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, left, receives his letter of appointment by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, right, during a reception at Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. Scholz has become Germany's ninth post-World War II chancellor, opening a new era for the European Union.......s most populous nation and largest economy after Angela Merkel.......s 16-year tenure. Scholz.......s government takes office with high hopes of modernizing. /PTI] Berlin, Dec 8 : Germany has got a new leader after a decade and a half with SDP leader Olaf Scholz on Wednesday getting confirmed as the new Chancellor, bringing to an end to the Angela Merkel era. Scholz, 63, who will helm the three-party "traffic light" coalition - so named due to the colours of the constituent parties - SPD (red), Free Democrats (yellow), and the Greens - received 395 votes to 303 in the Bundestag and was subsequently given a standing ovation, the BBC reported. He was then formally appointed as the ninth Federal Chancellor by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The elevation of Scholz, who was Vice Chancellor in the Merkel dispensation, brings curtains down on Merkel's 31-year political career. His 16-strong cabinet is likely to include as many women as men. /IANS


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