Rolf Mützenich is the new fractionary leader of the SPD in the Bundestag. MEPs voted overwhelmingly in favor of the 60-year-old, as the SPD faction said.
He received 97.7 percent of the votes - 129 MPs voted yes, two votes no, there was one abstention. Around 20 MPs are missing apologies.
The Cologne member of the Bundestag had recently headed the faction as most senior member already provisional, after Andrea Nahles had resigned in early June as chairwoman. He led the deputies largely silently through the summer.
Mützenich sits since 2002 for the SPD in the Bundestag and has long been their foreign policy spokesman. Since the end of 2013, he has been Deputy Group Chairman.
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