Olaf Scholz Germany Chancellor

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Olaf Scholz on being elected as the Federal Chancellor of Germany.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said goodbye to former German Chancellor Angela Merkel after the official handing over ceremony of the Chancellery in Berlin on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Modi in a tweet said; “My heartiest congratulations to @OlafScholz on being elected as the Federal Chancellor of Germany. I look forward to working closely to further strengthen the Strategic Partnership between India and Germany.”

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Olaf Scholz was sworn in as Germany’s new chancellor taking power after Angela Merkel’s historic 16 years as leader.

He promised that he would do all he could to work towards a new start for Germany.

As she left the chancellery in Berlin, ending a 31-year political career, Merkel told her former vice-chancellor to approach the task “with joy”.

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Olaf Scholz’s centre-left Social Democrats will govern alongside the Greens and the business-friendly Free Democrats.

A soft-spoken 63-year-old Scholz steered the Social Democrats to election victory in late September, positioning himself as the continuity candidate because he played a key role in the Merkel government as vice-chancellor.

The German Parliament, the Bundestag, backed Olaf Scholz as chancellor by 395 votes to 303, and he was then formally appointed as the ninth federal chancellor by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

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