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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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Did Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom just ‘flounce’?

Commons leader Andrea Leadsom showed off her flouncing skills to MPs earlier after a Labour MP apologised to her for using the word. Barry Sheerman said he should not have said Mrs Leadsom “flounced” out of an earlier debate because it was a “sexist” term. Mrs Leadsom said no apology was necessary – and showed MPs how it’s done. (According to the Oxford English Dictionary, flounce means to “go or move in an exaggeratedly impatient or angry manner”). Source link

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New Welsh Labour leader to be announced

Image copyright NATIONAL ASSEMBLY/BBC Image caption Three candidates (left to right) are in the running – Eluned Morgan, Vaughan Gething and Mark Drakeford The new leader of Welsh Labour – and the person set to become Wales’ next first minister – will be announced later. Three candidates – Eluned Morgan, Vaughan Gething and Mark Drakeford – are hoping to replace Carwyn Jones, who stands down next week. Labour officials will reveal the election result in Cardiff on Thursday. It follows a year in Welsh politics marked by the death of…

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Former leader Nigel Farage quits UKIP

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Nigel Farage has quit UKIP, saying the party’s leader Gerard Batten seems to be obsessed with Islam and ex-English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson. Speaking on LBC radio, the former leader of the Eurosceptic party said he made the decision with a “heavy heart”. But he said he did not “recognise” the party anymore and it was turning a blind eye to extremist politics. Mr Batten survived a vote of no confidence on Monday, after he appointed Mr Robinson as an adviser. However, the party’s ruling…

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UKIP leader Gerard Batten survives no-confidence vote

Image copyright Reuters UKIP leader Gerard Batten has survived a vote of no confidence held by the party’s National Executive Committee. Mr Batten had been criticised by some in the party – including former leader Nigel Farage – for appointing far-right activist Tommy Robinson as an adviser. UKIP said its ruling body had voted “overwhelmingly” against a motion of no confidence. However it said it did not endorse Mr Robinson’s appointment. He was barred from membership “through his associations”, it added. UKIP AMs say Robinson should not get membership Gerard…

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Nigel Farage: Ditch UKIP leader for hiring Tommy Robinson

Image copyright EPA Image caption The former EDL leader will advise Mr Batten on prison reform and rape gangs UKIP should “get rid” of leader Gerard Batten for appointing Tommy Robinson as an adviser, says Nigel Farage. Hiring the ex-English Defence League leader “goes against all the things I did as [UKIP] leader”, Mr Farage said. He accused Mr Batten of “dragging us in a shameful direction” – some UKIP members have opposed allowing Mr Robinson to join the party. Mr Batten is the fourth person to lead UKIP since…

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Central African Republic extradites ex-militia leader ‘Rambo’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Yekatom (C) was arrested last month by members of the armed services An MP and former militia leader in the Central African Republic (CAR) has been extradited to The Hague to face trial for crimes against humanity. Alfred Yekatom arrived at the International Criminal Court (ICC) detention centre on Saturday. The ICC alleges he was responsible for murder, torture, attacking civilians and using child fighters. Mr Yekatom, known as “Rambo”, led a Christian militia which formed after Muslim rebels seized power in 2013. The…

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Trump mocks French leader Macron after Armistice Day visit

Image copyright AFP Image caption Donald Trump (right) kept his powder dry when he met Mr Macron (left) in Paris US President Donald Trump has gone on Twitter to mock his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, after an awkward Armistice Day visit. He attacked Mr Macron over nationalism, plans for a European army, French tariffs on US wine imports, and the French leader’s popularity rating. Mr Macron had urged world leaders to reject nationalism, describing it as a “betrayal of patriotism”. Some observers interpreted the remarks as a thinly-veiled attack on…

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Bahrain opposition leader sentenced to life in prison

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sheikh Ali Salman, pictured in 2014, has been in prison since 2015 Bahrain’s opposition leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, has been handed a life sentence after the Court of Appeal found him guilty of spying for Qatar. The ruling comes just months after the Bahraini High Court of First Tier acquitted Salman of the charge of “colluding” with the rival state. Bahrain cut ties with Qatar in 2017. Human rights group Amnesty has described the decision as a “travesty of justice” amid Bahrain’s “continued crackdown on…

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