December 10, 2018

'It's been an honour,' says Merkel as German party picks new leader

07 December 2018, 10:54 | Darnell Patrick

End of an era: Merkel passes torch to new party leader

Germany's Christian Democratic Union Chooses Merkel's Successor (VIDEO)

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has topped a first round of voting in the contest to succeed Angela Merkel as leader of Germany's Christian Democrat Union.

The favourites are CDU General Secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, and Friedrich Merz, a former leader of the party's parliamentary group.

German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel holds a frame with a baton she was given by Volker Bouffier (right) and Klaus Schueler (left) representing CDU members during a party congress of Germany's conservative CDU party on December 7 at a fair hall in Hamburg, northern Germany.

In her closing speech Friday, Chancellor Merkel singled out Kramp-Karrenbauer's success in the Saarland elections in 2017 which largely bucked the trend of heavy losses for the party in various other regional elections, largely due to the dramatic rise in support for the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD).

Merkel said in October she would step down as party chief but remain chancellor, an effort to manage her exit after a series of setbacks since her divisive decision in 2015 to keep German borders open to refugees fleeing war in the Middle East.

Germany's ruling political party has elected a replacement for outgoing leader and political stalwart Angela Merkel.

Merz will benefit from the fact that 296 of the delegates at the congress - nearly a third - will be from his home state, the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

She also took a more cautious stance on the future of Europe than Merz, who said Germany should "contribute more" to the European Union as it benefits from a euro common currency that is "too weak for our economy".

She said that "we kept a cool head" and "we showed everyone" by recovering.

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"I'm very grateful that I could be party chairwoman for 18 years - it is a very, very long time and the CDU of course had its ups and downs", Merkel said as she arrived at the conference venue in Hamburg. Whoever wins will be favourite to run for chancellor in the next election, though that isn't automatic.

The third candidate, health minister Jens Spahn, appears to have less chance of winning.

She told Reuters news agency last week Europe and the United States should consider blockading Russian ships over the Ukraine crisis. While she has often been dubbed "mini Merkel" for her steady, pragmatic style, she subtly distanced herself from the chancellor in the run-up to today's high-stakes vote.

Merz, 63, who lost out to Merkel in a power struggle in 2002 and is returning to politics after a decade in business, is backed by CDU members exhausted of Merkel's consensual politics. "Merz could be tempted to see his revenge and lunge for power (as soon as next year)".

'Now it is time to open a new chapter, ' Merkel said.

An AKK victory by contrast would make Merkel's final years leading the government easier. "Opposing camps are forming".

AKK is believed to have Merkel's strong backing but much will depend on how deep and widespread the longing is for a stronger conservative profile.

At present, the center-right bloc is polling around or below 30 percent.

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