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Martin Schulz resigns as German SPD chief

IANS  |  Berlin 

(SPD) leader announced on Tuesday to resign with immediate effect as Party

"For me, this is the last speech as of the It's a difficult job at times, but I retire without bitterness and resentment," Schulz was quoted by German media Focus Online as saying.

The presidium has nominated the and former as the new party leader, a decision pending approval, reports

If Nahles is elected, she will become the first SPD in the party's 150-year-history. The election will take place on April 22 at a Party conference in Wiesbaden, Schulz said at the in

The (DPA) reported that Hamburg's Olaf Scholz, who will probably become Germany's in the upcoming new government, will provisionally take over the position of SPD leader until the April election.

Several state associations had formally objected to the immediate takeover of the top office by Nahles.

The change is a hope by the party's leadership committee to contain the bitter infighting which has continued despite Schulz's resignation from the role as SPD leader, as well as his more recent surrender of the prospective post as foreign in a new "grand coalition", referring the coalition between SPD and Union.

Schulz's announcement came after a turbulent week for him. Last Wednesday, the SPD reached an agreement with in formal government coalition negotiations, a move likely to end the longest ever new government vacuum after the September 24



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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 07:44 IST