March 8, 2018 / 1:18 PM / in 7 months

Heiko Maas to be German foreign minister, reports Spiegel

BERLIN (Reuters) - Social Democrat Heiko Maas, Justice Minister in the last government, is to be German Foreign Minister under conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel in her new coalition with the SPD, Spiegel Online reported on Thursday, giving no sources.

FILE PHOTO: German Justice Minister Heiko Maas attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, January 31, 2018. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Sigmar Gabriel, foreign minister for the last year, said earlier he would not be a member of the new government. Maas was one of the frontrunners for the post.

Reporting by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Michelle Martin

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