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Olaf Scholz: Pistorius is the “right person” to run the German Ministry of Defense
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz confirmed on Tuesday the appointment of a politician belonging to the Social Democratic Party, Boris Pistorius, as defense minister, considering that he is the right person for the position in a sensitive period.
Schulz said, “Pistorius is a politician with extensive experience, administrative experience, and has been involved in security policies for years, and with his competence, determination, and great heart, he is the right person to lead the Bundeswehr (the armed forces) in this era of change.”
Schulz confirmed that Pistorius, 62, is the right person for the task at a time when Germany is seeking to modernize its armed forces in the face of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
His appointment comes a day after Christine Lambrecht resigned from the position following a series of lapses.
The decision to appoint him came as a surprise after several names were circulated in the press, including Eva Hoegel, Commissioner for Defense in the Bundestag (German Parliament), who is tasked with preparing an annual report on the status of the army, and Employment Minister Hubertus Heil.