Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken emerged as the new leaders of the SPD with 53.06 percent of the vote in Berlin on Saturday.
Current German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and politician Klara Geywitz lost with 98,246 votes — 45.33 percent.
The move could rock Germany's political landscape, as Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party are currently in a coalition with the SPD and the new... Еще leadership duo have expressed their willingness to leave the government unless the coalition agreement is renegotiated.
Walter-Borjans commented during his acceptance speech that «we must ensure that we stay together- not just us four, but the people who supported you, who supported us.»
Esken and Walter-Borjans face an uphill battle to recover the fortunes of the 156 year old centre-left party which is currently languishing in the opinion polls with only 14 percent of voters saying they would vote for the party in the next elections.