Germany: Merkel’s party chooses Armin Laschet as leader

Germany: Merkel’s party chooses Armin Laschet as leader

January 16, 2021

New leader of centre-right CDU will run for chancellor in September, or have a big say in who does

Angela Merkel’s continuity candidate, the centrist conservative Armin Laschet, has beaten one of her longest-standing rivals in the contest to lead Germany’s Christian Democratic Union.

In a digitally-held party congress, Laschet beat the conservative hardliner Friedrich Merz by 521 to 466 votes in a run-off vote, following a strong speech that emphasised social cohesion and held up recent scenes from Washington DC as a warning example of divisive leadership.

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