Status: December 17, 2021 2:37 p.m.
Ex-Union faction leader Merz has been elected as the new party leader of the CDU. The 66-year-old received 62.1 percent in the first membership decision in party history. Merz clearly prevailed against Röttgen and Braun.
Friedrich Merz succeeds Armin Laschet as chairman of the CDU. General Secretary Paul Ziemiak announced at a press conference that Merz received 62.1 percent of the votes in a member survey. Competitor Norbert Röttgen received 25.8 percent, Helge Braun received 12.1 percent of the vote. Merz is now to be appointed party chairman at the federal party conference on January 21 and 22. According to the CDU, almost two thirds of the 400,000 members took part in the survey.
Armin Laschet made the office available after the lost federal election in September. Röttgen and Merz had already run for chairmanship at the beginning of the year – and then lost to Laschet at a party congress. For Merz it is the third attempt at the party chairmanship after the 66-year-old lost to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer after the withdrawal of the former Chancellor Angela Merkel from the chairmanship in December 2018.
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