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Olaf Scholz takes over from Angela Merkel as Germany's Chancellor Updated: 2021-12-09 17:06:51 KST

Social Democrat Olaf Scholz has been sworn in as Germany's Chancellor taking over from Angela Merkel who spent 16 years in office.

"I am looking forward to the new job, I am looking forward to everyone working here and today shall mark a good start for our country. I at least want to do everything it takes. Thank you."

The German parliament the Bundestag backed him as chancellor by 395 votes to 303.
63-year old Scholz is an experienced negotiator and politician who served as secretary-general of the Social Democratic Party from 2002 to 2004, defending controversial labor market reforms.
He was then the labor minister from 2007 to 2009 under Merkel's ruling.
After that, Scholz became the mayor of Hamburg from 2011 to 2018, then returned to Berlin as a vice chancellor and finance minister under the Merkel administration.
During that time, he changed the goal of maintaining balanced budgets and enabled record new borrowing levels to protect companies and workers from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new administration plans to tackle issues relating to climate change by phasing out coal over a shorter period, and concentrating on renewable energy.
Its top priority will be to fight the coronavirus pandemic at a time when Germany is considering a COVID-19 vaccination mandate.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News.
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