German Chancellor Angela Merkel ally Armin Laschet elected as new party chief

The close Merkel ally, 59, was elected during a digital conference with 521 votes during a run-off against Merkel rival Friedrich Merz, who fetched 466 votes.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel ally Armin Laschet elected as new party chief
Angela Merkel ally Armin Laschet

Germany’s dominant party voted for continuity on Saturday by electing Armin Laschet as leader, choosing the candidate who most resembles outgoing chancellor, Angela Merkel, in policy and elegance .The close Merkel ally, 59, was elected during a digital conference with 521 votes during a run-off against Merkel rival Friedrich Merz, who fetched 466 votes.

Merkel, Europe's predominant politician and a uniform winner with German voters since taking office in 2005, has said she is going to not run chancellor again, and since she stepped down as CDU leader in Dec. 2018, the party has struggled to seek out an appropriate successor.

Laschet said he would do everything he could to make sure the CDU and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), could "stick together through this year."

They could then work towards ensuring that "the next chancellor within the federal elections are going to be from the (CDU/CSU) union," he said in his victory speech.Saturday's digital election are going to be confirmed by a postal vote with legally binding results expected on Jan. 22.

Laschet, 59, presents himself because the Merkel continuity candidate, and she or he said last year he had "the tools" to run chancellor, the closest she has come to endorsing anyone.

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