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  Platzeck to Become SPD Leader
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News DateSaturday, November 5, 2005 12:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionBrandenburg Premier Matthias Platzeck announced he had won enough support to lead the Social Democratic (SPD) party, effectively ending a crisis after party chief Franz M√ľntefering decided to step down.

Matthias Platzeck, premier of the eastern German state of Brandenburg, agreed to take over the SPD party leadership after meeting with a rival for the post, Kurt Beck, the premier of Rhineland-Palatinate.



Beck said he was supporting Platzeck, who in turn said he had received the backing of all of the party's regional groups.



Platzeck, 51, said he would combine the party leadership with his functions as state premier in the eastern German state of Brandenburg. As he governs with a grand coalition of SPD and CDU in his state, he is also well prepared to take part in grand coalition talks on the national level.
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