Angela Merkel ‘congratulates Olaf Scholz on election win,’ government statement says

Germany’s outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel has congratulated Finance Minister Olaf Scholz from the rival Social Democrats on his election victory, a government statement said Wednesday, as Mrs Merkel’s conservatives remain in disarray after the vote.

"The chancellor congratulated Olaf Scholz on Monday on his election success," the statement said. Her would-be conservative successor Armin Laschet, who still wants to form the next government, has yet to publicly congratulate Mr Scholz.

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