2021-09-27 11:05:20 Pledging to modernize industry and ‘halt man-made climate change,’ Olaf Scholz claims mandate.
Pledging to modernize industry and ‘halt man-made climate change,’ Olaf Scholz claims mandate.
A tired-looking Olaf Scholz took the stage Monday morning at his Social Democratic headquarters, emphasizing that he saw his party’s significant election gains as a mandate from voters to lead the next government alongside the two smaller parties that also made gains in Sunday’s vote.
“The people have clearly spoken,” he said. “They have stated who should form the next government by consolidating three parties: the Social Democratic Party, the Greens, and the Free Democrats. As a result, voters in this country have clearly stated that these three parties should form the next government.”
The Social Democrats made significant gains, receiving 25.7 percent of the vote, but will still require the support of at least one other party to form a government. The Greens and Free Democrats both increased their share of Parliament seats to 14.8 percent and 11.5 percent, respectively.
However, with German voters spreading their support across a wide range of parties, the outcome remained far from certain, with the Christian Democrats still claiming they can lead the coalition to form the next government, despite suffering a consequential loss of nearly nine points, earning only 24.1 percent of the vote.
Mr. Scholz stated that the result made it “clear” that voters wanted the Christian Democrats and their Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Democrats, to be in opposition after 16 years in power under Chancellor Angela Merkel. She did not run for re-election, and her seat in Parliament, which she had held since 1990, was won by a Social Democrat.
“The mandate for us is to do what the people want,” Mr. Scholz said, adding that this included “leading a good government that will set the course for the decade ahead, bringing more respect into society, modernizing our industrial sector, and halting man-made climate change.”