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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