In the national election, the SPD came marginally ahead of her conservative bloc, leading some in her party to say they should aim to form a government. Scholz has asserted that he alone won a mandate to seek a coalition.
“The Chancellor on Monday congratulated Olaf Scholz on his election success,” the statement read.
Photo – A file photo of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) (R) and Finance Minister and vice Chancellor, Olaf Scholz (SPD) (L) arrive at the plenary hall of the Bundestag. EPA-EFE/MICHELE TANTUSSI