August 16, 2019 / 11:01 AM / a month ago

Scholz wants to remain finance minister despite SPD leadership candidacy - RND

BERLIN, Aug 16 (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz does not plan to quit his post despite intending to run for the leadership of his Social Democrats, a German newspaper group reported on Friday.

German magazine Der Spiegel reported earlier that Scholz had told the SPD’s interim leaders that he wanted to join the race to lead the centre-left party.

The RND newspaper network cited SPD sources as saying Scholz wanted to remain finance minister. It also said Scholz would run with a female candidate, copying the dual leadership model of the ecologist Greens.

He plans to announce his candidacy next week, RND said. (Reporting by Joseph Nasr Editing by Michelle Martin)

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