SPD wants to decide quickly on new party leadership
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BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – After SPD leader Norbert Walter-Borjans announced his withdrawal, the SPD wants to quickly decide on the new party leadership. “We will clarify the succession calmly and in close coordination with one another, just as we have worked together for two years,” said Walter-Borjans on Tuesday in Berlin. A proposal should be made quickly. Walter-Borjans, who has led the SPD with Sasika Esken since 2019, announced his withdrawal on Friday.
According to Walter-Borjans, it is still unclear whether Saskia Esken will remain at the top of the SPD. The personnel proposal is also dependent on how it looks in the overall complex between the formation of the government and the party leadership. Walter-Borjans spoke of the possibilities of a complete change or a “continuation of half a continuity” – that is, with a new candidate alongside Esken. “One or the other will be clarified in connection with the formation of a government.” Esken is considered a candidate for a ministerial office. SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich had asked Esken to renounce the chair in the case of a ministerial office.
Walter-Borjans reiterated that, from his point of view, it has proven very useful “that we have chairmen who are not part of a coalition government”. Because then government compromises quickly appeared as party line./bw/DP/eas
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