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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer: Merkel’s choice elected ruling party leader

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 their new party leader, but Angela Merkel plans to serve out her term as chancellor until 2021. The CDU general secretary 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. The 56-year-old former prime minister of the…

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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer: Who is the new leader of Germany’s CDU?

Image copyright Reuters Image caption AKK, as she is known, is from Germany’s smallest state Saarland Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has been elected leader of Germany’s ruling Christian Democrat Union (CDU) party, bringing Angela Merkel’s 18 years at the helm to an end. As the party’s general secretary, Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer was favourite to take over when Mrs Merkel announced her retirement in October. But she clinched only a narrow victory over Friedrich Merz, a long-time Merkel rival, in a run-off vote in Hamburg, with 51.8% of the vote. Now the head of…

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