Armin Laschet wins 521 votes out of 991 at the Conservative Party’s very first digital convention.
Centrist Armin Laschet was elected President of the German Christian Democrats (CDU) on Saturday, succeeding Angela Merkel and allowing her to run as the Conservative Party’s candidate for chancellor in the September federal elections.
Laschet, the prime minister of the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia – the most populous in Germany – won a second round against Friedrich Merz, securing 521 votes to 466 for his conservative rival, according to a ballot of 1,001 delegates from the left.
As head of the CDU, he replaces the predominant politician in Europe and a consistent winner among German voters since taking office in 2005, who said she would no longer run for chancellor.
“I want to do everything so that we can stay together this year … and then make sure that the next chancellor in the federal election is there. [CDU/CSU] Laschet said in his victory speech following his party’s very first digital convention.
Laschet, 59, is posing as Merkel’s contender contender and she said last year that he had ‘the tools’ to run for Chancellor, the closest she has come to approving anyone. it would be.
Traditionally, the head of the CDU has spearheaded the election campaign as the candidate for chancellor of the heavyweight party and its Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union (CSU).
However, polls show that Markus Soeder, the leader of the CSU, is the conservative most favored by voters. Some CDU lawmakers want dynamic Health Minister Jens Spahn to run for chancellor, despite supporting Laschet for party leadership.
The vote comes at the start of a pivotal year in German politics, with national elections slated for September. Merkel plans to retire at the end of her current fourth term.