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Germany: SPD nominate Martin Schulz to run against Merkel in 2017 election

The leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) Sigmar Gabriel announced that the SPD committee had unanimously decided to nominate the former president of the European Parliament Martin Schulz as a candidate for chancellor in the 2017 German federal election. Gabriel made the announcement during a press conference at the party headquarters in Berlin on Tuesday.
Gabriel said "Martin Schulz will be the SPD chancellor candidate for the 2017 federal elections. That is our unanimous party committee decision as a proposal for the Party executive, which will decide on it this Sunday."
Furthermore, Gabriel announced "Martin Schulz will also be the party chairman of the SPD. The committee also unanimously followed my suggestion together with Olaf Scholz and Hannelore Kraft, for the candidacy is only reliable when the whole party has a uniform leadership," while also adding he would be a candidate for German foreign minister.
Schulz then addressed the attendees, saying "it is an extraordinary honour that I, with pride and also with a natural humbleness, accept it and I will try and make the best out of it for our country."
Schulz will compete against German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the upcoming election on September 24. Merkel will run for a fourth term.