Scholz finalizes Covid-focused government

Berlin, Dec 6 (EFE).- Germany’s new coalition government led by Social Democrat Olaf Scholz, who takes over from Angela Merkel after 16 years in office, is ready to be signed and approved by the country’s parliament this week.

The coalition deal has been approved by all three parties, whose members voted strongly in favor of the proposal.

The cabinet, which will be on average one year younger than Merkel’s first group of ministers, has made Covid-19 and the climate crisis its policy priorities.

It will also have an equal number of male and female ministers, one of Scholz’s campaign pledges.

The signing of the government deal on Tuesday will be followed a day later by the investiture of Scholz in parliament (Bundestag), where the tripartite coalition has 416 of the 736 deputies.

This will formally mark the end of the era of the long-serving Angela Merkel, who grew up in the former GDR in East Germany and made history in 2005 when she became chancellor. EFE


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