World Bulletin / News Desk
In a statement on Twitter, Gabriel said his Social Democratic Party has decided not to give him a cabinet position in the new coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats.
“Andrea Nahles and Olaf Scholz informed me today that I will not have a position in the new government,” he said, and added that he will continue to serve as a lawmaker of the German parliament.
SPD’s temporary party leader Olaf Scholz is expected to be the vice chancellor and serve as finance minister in the new government.
The party’s popular figure and former Labor Minister Andrea Nahles is expected to become the party’s first female leader in a congress scheduled for next month.
The leaders of the SPD and Merkel’s CDU/CSU bloc had reached a preliminary agreement on Feb. 7 to form another “grand coalition” government, after a 136-day post-election stalemate.
Merkel-led conservative-left coalition government is expected to take office following a vote at the German parliament on March 14.
It will be the third "grand coalition" between the Christian Democrats and Social Democrats since 2005 and will grant Merkel a fourth consecutive term as the chancellor.
Merkel's CDU/CSU alliance emerged as the largest bloc in the parliament following September’s federal election, but they failed to secure an absolute majority.
The SPD suffered its worst result in decades but remained the second-largest party in parliament.