Laschet’s successor: Braun wants to run for CDU chairmanship

Status: 11.11.2021 4:47 p.m.

In the race for the post of CDU chief, Chancellery Minister Braun throws his hat into the ring. This was confirmed by his regional association. Other possible candidates are Merz and Röttgen. Röttgen wants to speak publicly tomorrow.

Chancellery Minister Helge Braun has announced his application to succeed party leader Armin Laschet. Braun will present the reasons for his application to the state party in Hesse tomorrow at a state board meeting, said a spokesman for the Hessian CDU parliamentary group. He is officially nominated by his home district association in Giessen.

The 49-year-old Braun is considered a close confidante of the outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom he has served as Chancellery Minister since March 2018. He has been a member of the Bundestag since 2002. Braun studied medicine and played an important role in shaping Merkel’s corona policy.

Still in the race: Merz and Röttgen

Members of the Bundestag Friedrich Merz and Norbert Röttgen are other possible candidates for the CDU chairmanship. Röttgen had a press conference announced for tomorrow morning on the subject of “candidacy for the chairmanship of the CDU in Germany”. According to information from the dpa news agency, he wants to officially announce his candidacy there. Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn announced the day before that he would not run again.

Candidates for the successor to CDU boss Armin Laschet can register until November 17th. To do this, you need the support of a regional or regional association. A membership decision on the candidates is to take place in December. If no candidate receives an absolute majority, a casting vote is planned for the base. The new party leader is to be officially elected to office at a party congress on January 21st and 22nd in Hanover.

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