This agreement reached by Mrs Merkel and the leader of the SPD Martin Schulz could be rejected by the 460,000 members of the SPD at the end of February when they vote on the alliance. Gabriel said he also apologized to Schulz in person on Tuesday, the day when Schulz stepped down as head of the SPD.
"I depart this office without bitterness or resentment", he said. Martin Schulz said last week he would quit as leader so the party could reinvent itself, and urged members to back parliamentary floor leader Andrea Nahles as his successor.
With many SPD members harboring misgivings about sharing power with Merkel again, the result of the vote, due on March 4, is wide open.
The German Press Agency (DPA) reported that Hamburg's First Mayor Olaf Scholz, who will probably become Germany's finance minister in the upcoming new government, will provisionally take over the position of SPD leader until the April election.
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Schulz, a former European Parliament president, took over as SPD leader from Gabriel a year ago, raising hopes within the party he could stand a better chance against Merkel in the September election.
The change is a hope by the party's leadership committee to contain the bitter infighting which has continued despite Schulz's resignation from the role as SPD leader, as well as his more recent surrender of the prospective post as foreign minister in a new "grand coalition", referring the coalition between SPD and German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Conservatives Union.
The new governance agreement, however, is yet to be voted on by party members.
Schulz's own plans were becoming a major distraction for the SPD.
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Simone Lange, the mayor of Flensburg, announced her candidacy to take over the SPD party presidency - as an alternative to Nahles.
In a cartoon published on Tuesday, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily showed Nahles with a whip riding an SPD snail. The former European Parliament president said last Wednesday that he planned to become Germany's next foreign minister - a risky move given that, after the election, he had explicitly ruled out entering Merkel's next cabinet.
The development followed Schulz's announcement Friday that he was abandoning plans to become foreign minister in the new government. Juso leader Kevin Kuehnert has expressed concerns that the SPD would be electorally marginalized during another term as junior partner to the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU), calling for the renewal of German social democracy in opposition.
Cold front drops temperatures overnight, some freezing drizzle/rain possible
A light dusting to possibly an inch will be possible in the far southern sections of our area, near Emporia and Burlington. Temperatures will warm for Sunday , with freezing rain in the morning followed by rain showers in the afternoon.