Germany’s ruling CDU elects Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer to lead party, replacing Angela Merkel

Germany’s ruling CDU elects Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer to lead party, replacing Angela Merkel

Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union on Friday chose its secretary-general Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer as the party's new leader, thus rep

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Germany’s conservative Christian Democratic Union on Friday chose its secretary-general Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer as the party’s new leader, thus replacing Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has held the post for the past 18 years.

AKK, as the moderate-leaning politician is widely known, won the balloting at the CDU’s party convention in the northern German city of Hamburg over her right-wing rivals, Friedrich Merz and Jens Spahn.

“I recognize the election and feel thankful for the trust,” Kramp-Karrenbauer said after learning the result, while thanking Spahn and Merz for “delivering a fair contest.”

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According to preliminary results, she won around 51 percent of the votes cast by the party’s 1,001 delegates while Merz obtained 49 percent in the head-to-head second round of the election.

Spahn had been eliminated from contention after getting the lowest number of votes in the first round.

Source: news4europe.eu

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