Germany’s SPD leader Andrea Nahles quits as party’s popularity hits low

FILE PHOTO: Andrea Nahles, leader of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) leaves after a news conference following the European Parliament election results, in Berlin, Germany, May 27, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) head Andrea Nahles said on Sunday she would resign as its chief as well giving up her position as leader of its German parliamentary group, saying she did not have the support she needed to continue.

The SPD leadership upheaval comes as the Greens have overtaken Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives to become the most popular party in Germany, an opinion poll on Saturday showed, with the SPD support at an all-time low.[L8N2380LD]

“The discussions within the parliamentary faction and feedback from within the party have shown me that I no longer have the necessary support to carry out my duties,” Nahles said in a statement released by the SPD on Sunday.

Nahles said she would resign her position as head of the SPD on Monday and quit her position as leader of the party in parliament on Tuesday.

Reporting by Edward Taylor; Editing by Alexander Smith



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