BERLIN â€” The German parliament on Wednesday elected Social Democrat Olaf Scholz as the countryâ€™s ninth postwar chancellor.
Scholz takes office at the head of a coalition of Social Democrats, Greens and Free Democrats, heralding a new political era after 16 years of conservative-led rule under Angela Merkel.
A total of 395 MPs in the Bundestag voted for Scholz, 63, a former mayor of Hamburg who served as finance minister in the outgoing government. Scholz needed a minimum of 369 votes â€” an absolute majority of all Bundestag seats â€” to be elected.
In accordance with the German constitution, Scholz will be officially named chancellor by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. He is expected to take his oath of office in the Bundestag at noon.
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