German finance minister Scholz ready to seek SPD leadership - spokeswoman

BERLIN, Aug 16 (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has told interim leaders of his Social Democrats (SPD) that he would be ready to run for the leadership of the centre-left party, a party spokeswoman told Reuters on Friday.

She also confirmed local media reports that Scholz would run on a dual ticket with a female co-candidate, emulating the Greens who have seen their popularity surge in recent months.

(Reporting by Andreas Rinke Writing by Joseph Nasr Editing by Thomas Seythal)