Deutsche Welle: Germany: Martin Schulz steps down as SPD head13 February 2018 | 20:42 | FOCUS News Agency
The failed chancellor candidate and former head of the European Parliament made the decision after days of personnel debates within the SPD.
While announcing his resignation, the outgoing SPD head said the party needs a "renewal," DW's Thomas Sparrow reported.
Former Labor Minister and current head of the SPD's parliamentary group Andrea Nahles was nominated to take his place in a unanimous decision by SPD leaders, Schulz said.
Should she be elected at a party conference in Wiesbaden in April, Nahles will become the first woman to run the party in its 150-year-history. Nahles faces a challenge for the SPD's top post from Flensburg Mayor Simone Lange.
Hamburg Mayor Olaf Scholz, who is slated to become Germany's next finance minister, will provisionally lead the party until the April 22 party congress.
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