All parties have duty to try to form government: German president

Reuters , Monday 20 Nov 2017

Frank-Walter Steinmeier
File Photo: German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Reuters)

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he expects all parties elected to parliament to be ready for talks to enable a government to be formed after talks on forging a new ruling coalition collapsed early on Monday.

"All political parties elected to the German parliament have an obligation to the common interest to serve our country," Steinmeier said in a statement he read out to media.

"I expect from all a readiness to talk to make agreeing a government possible in the near future," he added. 

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