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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer: Moderate to succeed Angela Merkel as leader of Germany’s CDU party

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer: Moderate to succeed Angela Merkel as leader of Germany’s CDU party

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer will succeed Angela Merkel as the leader of Germany’s main conservative party, it has been announced. Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer, known to German political insiders as “AKK”, won a run-off vote of delegates at the CDU party conference on Friday afternoon. Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer’s ultimate victory was relatively narrow: she beat Mr Merz by 51.8 per cent to 48.2 per cent…

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer will succeed Angela Merkel as the leader of Germany’s main conservative party, it has been announced.

Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer, known to German political insiders as “AKK”, won a run-off vote of delegates at the CDU party conference on Friday afternoon.

The relative moderate – thought to be the favoured successor of Ms Merkel herself – saw off the pro-business rival of the chancellor Friedrich Merz, and social conservative Jens Spahn.

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Ms Merkel has led the Christian Democrats for 18 years and will stay on as the chancellor leading the German government until the next election, scheduled for 2021. She has said she will not stand again.

Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer’s ultimate victory was relatively narrow: she beat Mr Merz by 51.8 per cent to 48.2 per cent in a second-round run-off. 

She however convincingly topped the first round with 45 per cent to Mr Merz’s 39.2 per cent and Mr Spahn’s 15.7 per cent. 

 

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