Greens party elect two parliamentary leaders

27th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

27 September 2005, BERLIN - Germany's Greens party, preparing to return to opposition after ruling for seven years with Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, on Tuesday elected two new parliamentary leaders. *sidebar1*The outgoing Greens minister for consumer affairs and agriculture, Renate Kuenast and a former party chief Fritz Kuhn were chosen by the 51 parliamentary members to lead the Greens Bundestag faction. Greens Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer surprised observers last week by declaring he would only serv

27 September 2005

BERLIN - Germany's Greens party, preparing to return to opposition after ruling for seven years with Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, on Tuesday elected two new parliamentary leaders.

*sidebar1*The outgoing Greens minister for consumer affairs and agriculture, Renate Kuenast and a former party chief Fritz Kuhn were chosen by the 51 parliamentary members to lead the Greens Bundestag faction.

Greens Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer surprised observers last week by declaring he would only serve as a regular member in the chamber, and did not want any higher party office.

Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's centre-left government of Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens was defeated in Germany's September 18 elections. The coalition was voted into power in 1998.

Schroeder and Angela Merkel whose Christian Democratic alliance (CDU/CSU) came in first - but failed to clinch a majority - will have a second round of talks on Wednesday aimed at a possible grand coalition of their parties.

DPA

Subject: German news, German elections

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