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Germany: Laschet officially confirmed as CDU leader02:15

Germany: Laschet officially confirmed as CDU leader

Germany, Berlin
January 22, 2021 at 16:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

Armin Laschet was officially confirmed as the new leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party on Friday after an online vote last week.

"I am aware of the great responsibility, especially in view of the this office's predecessors, what does it mean to be in a position to lead Europe's last remaining people's party," said Laschet at a news conference in Berlin on Friday.

Laschet, who is the premier of Germany's most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia, beat his rival Friedrich Merz gaining 83 percent of the vote.

"We will also very soon begin with our sister party, the CSU, to develop our election program, the ideas for the twenties that are still ahead of us, and the main topic there will be the consequences of this pandemic: the economic, the financial, the cultural and the social ones. Here again, at this key moment in history, the CDU is invited," said Laschet stressing that the fight against the pandemic will remain the priority for his party.

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Armin Laschet was officially confirmed as the new leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party on Friday after an online vote last week.

"I am aware of the great responsibility, especially in view of the this office's predecessors, what does it mean to be in a position to lead Europe's last remaining people's party," said Laschet at a news conference in Berlin on Friday.

Laschet, who is the premier of Germany's most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia, beat his rival Friedrich Merz gaining 83 percent of the vote.

"We will also very soon begin with our sister party, the CSU, to develop our election program, the ideas for the twenties that are still ahead of us, and the main topic there will be the consequences of this pandemic: the economic, the financial, the cultural and the social ones. Here again, at this key moment in history, the CDU is invited," said Laschet stressing that the fight against the pandemic will remain the priority for his party.

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