Three Social Democrats (SPD) politicians are set to provisionally lead the party after Andrea Nahles this weekend announced her resignation after poor results in the European Parliament elections. When the party will elect a new leader will be determined later this month.
Manuela Schwesig, Malu Dreyer and Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel, the three vice presidents of the SPD, are set to lead the party on an interim basis until a successor to Nahles is elected.
The provisional joint leadership has been proposed to the party executive board, which is currently meeting in Berlin.
Schwesig and Dreyer are the state premiers in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Rhineland-Palatinate respectively, while Schäfer-Gümbel is the leader of the opposition SPD faction in the Hesse state parliament.
The SPD is not due to elect a new party leader until December’s party conference. A decision on moving up the date for the vote is expected to occur when the party’s executive board meets in three weeks’ time.