Merkel congratulates Scholz on his election win’


NC Monitoring Desk

BERLIN: Germany’s outgoing Chancellor, Angela Merkel has congratulated Finance Minister, Olaf Scholz from rival Social Democrats on his election victory, a government statement said yesterday.

Merkel’s conservatives remain in confusion after vote. Scholz’s SPD won 25.7 percent of vote in Sunday’s hard-fought general election, while Merkel’s centre-right CDU-CSU bloc slumped to a record-low of 24.1 percent.

“The Chancellor congratulated Olaf Scholz on his election success,” statement said. Merkel’s would-be conservative successor, Armin Laschet has yet to publicly do so.

Despite leading conservative alliance to its worst result in its seven-decade history, unpopular Laschet has insisted on trying to form next German coalition government with him as Chancellor.

Bavarian premier Markus Soeder, leader of CSU sister party to CDU, publicly congratulated Scholz in a press conference on Tuesday, illustrating a growing rift with Laschet.