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German SPD party leader Olaf Scholz says voters want him to be ‘next chancellor’

German Finance Minister, Vice-Chancellor and the Social Democrats (SPD) candidate for Chancellor Olaf Scholz waves at the Social Democrats (SPD) headquarters after the estimates were broadcast on TV, in Berlin on September 26, 2021, after the German general elections. (Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)
German Finance Minister, Vice-Chancellor and the Social Democrats (SPD) candidate for Chancellor Olaf Scholz waves at the Social Democrats (SPD) headquarters after the estimates were broadcast on TV, in Berlin on September 26, 2021, after the German general elections. (Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

Olaf Scholz, the chancellor candidate for the center-left Social Democrats in Germany’s general election, hails a “great success” for his party, after estimates showed his SPD narrowly ahead of the conservatives.

“It’s going to be a long election night, that’s for sure,” Scholz says. “But this is certain: many citizens have put their crosses next to the SPD because they want there to be a change in government and also because they want the next chancellor to be called Olaf Scholz.”

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