ARMIN LASCHET ELECTED NEW LEADER OF GERMANY’S CDU PARTY
Armin Laschet has been chosen as the new leader of Germany’s center-right Christian Democratic Union, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, Euronews reported.
The decision as to who would become the leader of the CDU comes months before an election to see who will replace Merkel as Germany’s premier. Laschet is seen as a pragmatic politician and the most likely to continue down the same political-center path with the CDU as Merkel.
He has been the governor of the country’s most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia, since 2017.
The 59-year-old defeated Friedrich Merz, a conservative and one-time Merkel rival, at an online convention of the CDU, winning 521 votes to Merz’s 466. Norbert Röttgen also stood in the three-way contest.
Saturday’s vote isn’t the final word on who will run as the center-right candidate for chancellor in Germany’s September 26 election, but Laschet will either run for chancellor himself or have a big say in who does.
Merkel, who has been chancellor since 2005, announced in late 2018 that she wouldn’t seek a fifth term, as well as stepping down from the CDU leadership.
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