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German chancellor hopeful Scholz does not wish to head SPD

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Olaf Scholz, the candidate for chancellor put up by the Social Democrats (SPD) in the September elections, will not throw his hat into the ring when the party decides on a new leader at its December conference. Following the announcement by party chairperson Norbert Walter-Borjans that he is standing down as co-leader, Scholz, currently at a G20 meeting in Rome, made clear he will not stand, SPD sources said, confirming earlier reports in the German press. Scholz is currently involved in talks to form a three-way coalition with the SPD as the senior partner along with the Greens and the pro-bu…

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