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Martin Schulz resigns as German SPD chief


German Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz announced Tuesday to resign with immediate effect as SPD chairman, according local media Focus online, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

 

The SPD presidium has nominated the SPD parliamentary group leader Andrea Nahles as the new Party leader, a decision pending approval. The election will take place on April 22 at a Party conference in Wiesbaden, Schulz said in Berlin.

 

"For me, this is the last speech as chairman of the SPD," Schulz was quoted by Focus online as saying. "It's a difficult job at times, but I retire without bitterness and resentment."

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