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Merkel deputy takes over as foreign minister in cabinet reshuffle

Merkel deputy takes over as foreign minister in cabinet reshuffle

Berlin, 27 January 2017 (MIA) - German vice chancellor and outgoing head of the Social Democrats (SPD) Sigmar Gabriel will take over the role of foreign minister on Friday in a cabinet reshuffle ahead of the national election in September, dpa reports.

Gabriel, who until now has headed the Economy Ministry in the grand coalition government of Chancellor Angela Merkel, will become Germany‘s top diplomat in place of Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who is set to be voted in as president on February 12.

The Economy Ministry will be led by Brigitte Zypries, who had already been serving as its parliamentary state secretary.

The cabinet reshuffle was prompted by a leadership change in the SPD, with former EU Parliament president Martin Schulz taking over from Gabriel to challenge Merkel in the September 24 election. ik/14:12

 

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