Designated SPD leader Andrea Nahles addresses a one-day party congress of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Wiesbaden, Germany, April 22, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
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Germany's center-left Social Democrats on Sunday elected Andrea Nahles, a combative and outspoken former labor minister, as the first woman leader of the 155-year-old party.The less than stellar result reflected lingering resentment within the party against the decision, strongly promoted by Nahles, to once more govern as junior partners to Merkel's conservatives.Nahles, a bricklayer's daughter who hails from the party's left wing, vowed to lead a renewal of Germany's second biggest party, which scored just 20.5 percent in the September 2017 general election -- its worst post-war result.For now, Nahles faces a huge challenge ahead -- a survey last week found that 47 percent of respondents doubted that the party veteran is the right person to lead a renewal.
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