German finance minister Scholz ready to seek SPD leadership: spokeswoman

FILE PHOTO: German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz poses for a portrait during an interview with Reuters in his ministry in Berlin

BERLIN (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 center-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)