New German leader names first gender-equal cabinet
The Independent|December 08, 2021
Germany is all set to get a gender-equal cabinet for the first time in history, even as its first female chancellor Angela Merkel bows out of office. Ms Merkel’s successor, Olaf Scholz, announced that the country’s new cabinet will have 16 members – eight men and eight women.
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“Women and men account for half the population each, so women should also get half the power,” Mr Scholz said.

Mr Scholz, a 63-year-old Social Democrat who describes himself as a feminist, had promised to appoint as many women as possible while running for the post of chancellor. “I’m very proud that we have succeeded in realising this,” he said. In Mr Scholz’s cabinet, women will handle all defence and security portfolios. “Security will lie in the hands of strong women in this government,” Mr Scholz said.

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