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Merkel’s choice elected ruling party leader

Merkel’s choice elected ruling party leader

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Merkel’s choice elected ruling party leader

The elected chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (L) waves next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel Image copyright EPA
Image caption Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer was seen as Ms Merkel’s heir apparent

Germany’s ruling Christian Democrat Union has chosen Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as the new party leader, but Angela Merkel plans to serve out her term as chancellor.

The former chief minister of Saarland won 517 of the 999 votes cast.

She narrowly defeated Friedrich Merz, a millionaire lawyer, who received 482 votes at the party conference.

As the head of Germany’s largest party, Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer could become the next German chancellor.

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