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Change of government New Federal Government in office

The members of the new Federal Cabinet received their certificates of appointment from Federal President Steinmeier and took their oath of office before the Bundestag. Prior to this, Olaf Scholz was elected Federal Chancellor after gaining the so-called “Chancellor’s majority” in the Bundestag with 395 votes.

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Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier with the new Federal Government.

The new Federal Cabinet after receiving their certificates of

Photo: Bundesregierung/Kugler

Some ten weeks after the Bundestag elections, the new Federal Government is in now office. The members of the Federal Cabinet received their certificates of appointment from Federal President Steinmeier. “There is a sense of curiosity and hope as your government takes up its duties,” said the Federal President after presenting the certificates of appointment. “I certainly speak for the vast majority of our compatriots when I wish you the best of luck and much success in your work – for the good of our country,” said Steinmeier.

After being sworn in at Bellevue Palace, the Federal Ministers took their oath of office in the Bundestag. Acting on an official memorandum issued by the Federal President, Bundestag President Bas officially announced the formation of the Federal Government.

Bundestag elects Scholz as Federal Chancellor

Earlier on in the day, the Bundestag elected Olaf Scholz as the new Federal Chancellor. 395 members of the Bundestag voted in favour of Scholz, allowing him to secure the so-called “Chancellor’s majority” of at least 369 votes. 707 out of a total of 736 members of the Bundestag cast their votes by secret ballot.

Members of the Bundestag applaud the election of Olaf Scholz as Federal Chancellor.

Members of the Bundestag congratulate Olaf Scholz on his election as Federal Chancellor.

Photo: Federal Government/Steins

Following his election, the newly elected Federal Chancellor received his certificate of appointment at Bellevue Palace, the official residence of the Federal President.

Olaf Scholz receives his certificate of appointment from Federal President Steinmeier.

Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz with his certificate of appointment, which he received earlier from Federal President Steinmeier.

Photo: Federal Government/Kugler

Scholz takes oath of office

Olaf Scholz then returned to the Bundestag to take his oath of office. Bundestag President Bärbel Bas swore him in in accordance with Article 56 of the Basic Law.

The Federal Chancellor spoke the following oath: “I swear that I will devote my strength to the welfare of the German people, increase its benefit, avert harm from it, uphold and defend the Basic Law and the federal laws, fulfil my duties conscientiously and do justice for all.” 

Olaf Scholz takes his oath of office as Federal Chancellor before the Bundestag.

After being elected and receiving his certificate of appointment, Federal Chancellor Scholz took his oath of office before the Bundestag.

Photo: Federal Government/Steins

Find out about the members of the new Federal Government here.