German Social Democrats Elect Martin Schulz as Chancellor Candidate, Party Chief

© REUTERS / Hannibal HanschkeFormer European Parliament president Martin Schulz reacts at a meeting of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) at their party headquarters in Berlin, Germany, January 29, 2017, were Schulz was officially appointed SPD party leader
Former European Parliament president Martin Schulz reacts at a meeting of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) at their party headquarters in Berlin, Germany, January 29, 2017, were Schulz was officially appointed SPD party leader - Sputnik International
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According to reports, German Social Democratic Party chose former European Parliament President Martin Schulz as a chancellor candidate and the SPD chief.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) The German Social Democratic Party (SPD) chose former European Parliament President Martin Schulz as a chancellor candidate and the SPD chief on Sunday.

"Fantastic feeling: I have been nominated as candidate for chancellorship by the party executive committee. I feel humble and grateful," Schulz said on Twitter.

Schulz became the major SPD candidate for the chancellorship after the party's leader Sigmar Gabriel, the current foreign minister, announced his withdrawal from the race.

German parliamentary elections will take place on September 24, 2017. Following the vote, Germany's chancellor is chosen by parliament and not by a direct vote.

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