World Germany: Armin Laschet confirmed at the head of the CDU

21:55  22 january  2021
21:55  22 january  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Armin Laschet , newly elected leader of Germany ’s Christian Democrats, has previously expressed views on Russia and Syria that put him outside the CDU “It’s bad enough that he has these views as governor of one of Germany ’s federal states, but if he continues to espouse them as leader of the

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is stepping down after 16 years in office. Centrist Armin Laschet has now been elected as the leader of Germany 's Christian Democrat.

GERMANY-POLITICS-CDU: Germany: Armin Laschet confirmed at the head of the CDU


BERLIN (Reuters) - The election of centrist Armin Laschet as president of the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) was confirmed on Friday by a postal vote, legally required to formalize his victory obtained as early as last Saturday by electronic means.

Armin Laschet, who is 59 years old and has presented himself as the candidate of continuity after the Merkel years, was elected last Saturday at the expense of the ultra-conservative Friedrich Merz by a majority of the 1,001 CDU delegates, by 521 votes against 466. He won 83.35% of the postal votes.

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Armin Laschet , newly elected leader of the Christian Democratic Union ( CDU ), delivers a speech following the party’s virtual congress at the CDU headquarters in Berlin, Germany , on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. Germany ’s dominant party voted for continuity on Saturday by electing Laschet as leader

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Angela Merkel, constantly victorious in the ballot box since she took the head of the German government in 2005, will pass the hand after the legislative elections in September.

Traditionally, the head of the CDU becomes the candidate for the German chancellery for the conservative bloc formed of the CDU and its Bavarian partner, the Christian Social Union (CSU).

Polls show, however, that CSU leader Markus Söder is the most popular among voters so far.

(Paul Carrel; French version Jean-Stéphane Brosse)

German CDU confirms Laschet as new leader in postal ballot .
German CDU confirms Laschet as new leader in postal ballotLaschet, premier of Germany's most populous state and the self-styled Merkel continuity candidate, won 83.35% of the valid postal votes cast by 1,001 delegates, the CDU said. He beat arch-conservative Friedrich Merz in Saturday's online ballot by a 521-466 margin.

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