Armin Laschet, Prime Minister of the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, was appointed head of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). He received 83.35% of the vote. This was reported by the newspaper Der Tagesspiegel on Friday, January 22nd.
Last week, an online vote of delegates took place. All contenders, including the former leader of the Conservative faction Friedrich Merz and the head of the Bundestag Foreign Policy Committee Norbert Röttgen, said they recognize the result. In addition, a vote by mail took place, the results of which were summed up in Pyatintsa.
On January 16, Lashet was elected the new leader of the CDU. Thus, he can lead the party to parliamentary elections in place of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
In early January, the media, citing sources, wrote that the head of the Ministry of Health of the Federal Republic of Germany, Jens Spahn, was discussing with representatives of the party his chances of becoming chancellor. According to publications, Spahn may become a candidate if his ratings grow by the spring and are higher than Laschet’s.
Spahn himself denied this information. He stated that he remains a member of Laschet’s team.
Merkel is still the Chancellor of the Bundesk, but has already left the post of head of the Christian Democratic Union and announced that she would not run for the next term. Before Laschette was elected, the party was led by Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.