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Olaf Scholz is sworn in as new German chancellor

Social Democrat Olaf Scholz was sworn in as Germany’s next chancellor by parliament on Wednesday (December 8), shortly after deputies elected him to succeed Angela Merkel.

Wednesday’s ceremony in the Bundestag ended 16 years of conservative rule under Merkel and paved the way for a pro-European coalition government that has promised to boost green investment.

Scholz, 63, who served as vice chancellor and finance minister in coalition with Merkel, earlier got a clear majority of 395 votes from lawmakers in the Bundestag lower house of parliament.

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