After voting by post: Merz officially confirmed as CDU boss

Status: 01/31/2022 2:49 p.m

After the vote at the CDU’s online party conference, the delegates also confirmed Friedrich Merz as the new chairman in the postal vote – with over 95 percent. Mario Czaja is now also the official Secretary General.

Friedrich Merz is now officially the new CDU chairman. According to the CDU, the 66-year-old economic politician received 95.33 percent of the votes in the postal vote. There were no opposing candidates.

The written vote was necessary for legal reasons after the online party conference on January 22nd. There Merz had come to 94.62 percent according to the CDU calculation.

According to the information, the new Secretary General Mario Czaja received 94.24 percent of the votes in the written vote; at the party congress it was almost 93 percent. “We know what we have in front of us,” said Merz after the announcement of the election results alongside Czaja. “We are taking over the CDU at a difficult time.”

Renewal after federal election

The 1001 delegates of the online party congress were entitled to vote in the postal vote. As a consequence of the historically worst Union result of 24.1 percent in the federal election last September, the CDU had re-elected its entire leadership.

In December, in the first member survey of the CDU for the party chairmanship, Merz was chosen with 62.1 percent as the successor to Armin Laschet, who had failed as a candidate for chancellor.

Merz left his competitors, the foreign politician Norbert Röttgen and the former head of the Chancellery Helge Braun, far behind with 62.1 percent of the votes. It was his third attempt to become CDU chairman. In mid-February, Merz is also to become head of the Union faction in the Bundestag.

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