German Party Elects First-ever Female Leader

June 1, 2018  Editor: Qiao Ziyu

Andrea Nahles was elected as the first female leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Germany's second biggest political group, with support from 66.35 percent of her colleagues on April 22.

Previously, she served as Vice President of the SPD; Secretary-General of the Party; and, Minister of the Labor.

As reported, 47-year-old Nahles was elected at the Party Congress held in Wiesbaden.

She promised to promote the comprehensive renewal process in parallel with the government's "grand coalition" work. In her campaign speech, Nahles said her reigning purpose was to curb the power of digital capitalism, and asking relevant giant internet companies to pay their share.

On the issue of Russia, Nahles called for stronger diplomatic offensive.

Vice Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz said, "Nahles's successful election is "a sign of progress that was long overdue", and "a historic moment".

(Source: Translated and edited by Women of China)

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