September 16, 2019 / 6:54 AM / a month ago

Scholz says he will remain as Germany's finance minister if he becomes SPD leader

FILE PHOTO: German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz arrives for the informal meeting of ministers for economic and financial affairs (ECOFIN) and Eurogroup in Helsinki, Finland, 13 September 2019. Lehtikuva/Martti Kainulainen via REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s Olaf Scholz, highest profile candidate in the Social Democrats’ (SPD) leadership race, said he would stay on in his post as finance minister if he becomes leader of his party.

Asked whether he would remain finance minister if he were to end up heading the SPD, Scholz said “yes” in a video interview on Bild newspaper’s website on Monday.

Reporting by Michelle Martin and Riham Alkousaa; Editing by Paul Carrel

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