Party Supports Laschet To Replace Chancellor Merkel

The head of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union has secured the backing of the party’s senior leadership in his bid to become the conservative chancellor candidate for September elections, party sources told AFP on Monday.

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“The CDU leadership is in favour of Armin Laschet running as the (conservative) candidate in the 2021 election campaign,” one of the sources said as party heavyweights met in Berlin.

Laschet had declared his willingness to run for the post on Sunday along with rival Markus Soeder, the head of the CDU’s smaller Bavarian sister party CSU.

Credit: AFP

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