Germany’s SPD wants female president of parliament

BERLIN (Reuters) -Germany’s Social Democrats have nominated Baerbel Bas, a health policy specialist, to serve as president of the German parliament, as part of efforts to ensure the country’s three top political offices are not held only by men. Olaf Scholz is likely to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor once a new government is formed following last month’s federal elections, while Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said he would be willing to serve a second term as federal president. The parliamentary president, currently former finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, is elected by the full assembly, and traditionally comes from the largest party group.