Germany’s liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) voted overwhelmingly Sunday to approve the coalition deal with the Social Democrats (SPD) and the Greens that is expected to see the three parties take over as the new government this week.
With the SPD giving its go-ahead Saturday, the coalition is expected to get the final all-clear Monday when results come in from a poll of Green party members.
“I am convinced that this country will benefit from this coalition,” FDP leader Christian Lindner wrote on Twitter. “A new departure is possible. Let’s get started. Germany is waiting for this new start.”
At a conference in Berlin, FDP delegates voted by 92.4 percent to back the agreement, which is set to make Lindner finance minister in a government led by the SPD’s Olaf Scholz.
Once all three parties give their backing, the so-called traffic-light coalition agreement — named for the parties’ colors — should be completed Tuesday, clearing the way for Scholz to be formally approved in the Bundestag as chancellor to replace long-time leader Angela Merkel on Wednesday.
The SPD won September’s general election with 27.5 percent of the vote ahead of the outgoing chancellor’s conservative CDU/CSU on 24.1 percent. The Greens secured 14.8 percent and the FDP 11.5 percent.