CDU-chair Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer’s new CDU-Chairman of The Saar countries prevailed in a runoff against Friedrich Merz. 517 delegates voted for Kramp-Karrenbauer, while Merz 482 votes. © Photo: Kay Nietfeld/dpa

The delegates of the CDU-party tags have chosen Annegret Kramp-karrenbauer for a successor to Angela Merkel as party Chairman. The Secretary-General prevailed at the party Congress in Hamburg in the second ballot, with 517 votes against Friedrich Merz. This corresponds to 51.7 percent of the votes 999 votes. The former Union group Vice-Merz received 482 votes, equivalent to of 48.25 percent. The Minister of health, Jens Spahn, had also applied to Merkel’s successor, was eliminated in the first ballot. Kramp-Karrenbauer accepted the election and thanked their competitors for a fair election campaign. She is a close Confidant of Merkel. Under Merkel, the Saar had become a person to be Secretary-General of the CDU.

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been Voted on in secret, each delegate received a voting booth out of cardboard. All three candidates had presented previously, once in each 20-minute Talk to the delegates and to the Public. Subsequently, the delegates were able to ask questions. Kramp-Karrenbauer pointed to their many years of experience in Government and electoral success in Saarland – your strongest asset in dealing with Merz. In her speech, she spoke about courage, Europe and the Schengen – she wanted a world where you keep to the rules.

Merz’ main points were: appreciation for the outgoing CDU leader Angela Merkel, an offer of cooperation to you, as Chancellor, and his competitors, and the promise that the party will win with him profile. What exactly is this profile, as he wants to delimit precisely against today’s CDU, which, however, remained unclear. Today’s financial entrepreneurs Merz made to enlarge the spectrum of the party. Also conservative would feel in the CDU back home, he said. And he called for more armed: he had not used the asymmetric demobilization – that is, the renunciation of all – too-clear positions, in order to provoke the enemy-successfully.

Spahn, a Vision of how he drew the wishes of the country in the year 2040. He also hid that he judged his chances of winning as low. He wanted to live in a country with a self-conscious Patriotism, not excludes, where anyone who wishes to tackle, and welcome, said the 38-Year-old and campaigned to rejuvenate the party.

Angela Merkel had decided, after 18 years as CDU Boss run. For the first time in a long time, several candidates competed for the party presidency. All three were presented in regional conferences nationwide members of the party. Merz stands for a correction of Merkel’s mid-course, he is likely to make the party more conservative. Kramp-Karrenbauer is a continuation of the Merkel course.

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