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Germany: Armin Laschet, NRW minister-president and close Merkel ally, elected as new CDU leader02:03

Germany: Armin Laschet, NRW minister-president and close Merkel ally, elected as new CDU leader

Germany, Berlin
January 16, 2021 at 12:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

Armin Laschet was elected as the new leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on Saturday in Berlin.

The event took place during the CDU's 33rd party convention, the first ever to be held in a digital form due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Laschet replaces incumbent party head, Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who announced her intention to step down as the party's leader following last year's political crisis in the state of Thuringia.

The new CDU leader is a close ally of Merkel and has been the minister-president of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia since 2017.

An election to pick Kramp-Karrenbauer's successor was due to take place on April 25, 2020, in Berlin, but was postponed several times due to the pandemic.

Germany: Armin Laschet, NRW minister-president and close Merkel ally, elected as new CDU leader02:03
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Armin Laschet was elected as the new leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on Saturday in Berlin.

The event took place during the CDU's 33rd party convention, the first ever to be held in a digital form due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Laschet replaces incumbent party head, Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who announced her intention to step down as the party's leader following last year's political crisis in the state of Thuringia.

The new CDU leader is a close ally of Merkel and has been the minister-president of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia since 2017.

An election to pick Kramp-Karrenbauer's successor was due to take place on April 25, 2020, in Berlin, but was postponed several times due to the pandemic.