Olaf Scholz formally sworn in as German chancellor

Social Democrat Olaf Scholz has been sworn in as Germany’s new chancellor, finishing 16 years of conservative rule under Angela Merkel.

Scholz, 63, who served as vice-chancellor and finance minister in Merkel’s outgoing government, got a clear majority on Wednesday of 395 votes from lawmakers in the Bundestag lower house of parliament, Bundestag President Baerbel Bas said.

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