Merkel’s possible successors as CDU party chief

Merkel’s possible successors as CDU party chief

Merkel’s possible successors as CDU party chief

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday said she would step down at the end of her term in 2021 after a series of political crises and regional vote debacles rocked her fragile coalition.

German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union party, Angela Merkel, closes her eyes while speaking after exploratory talks on forming a new government broke down on 19 November 2017 in Berlin.

Crucially, they raise her chance of getting re-elected as party leader at the CDU's convention in December.

"She was genuinely sad and not at all bitter and asked that the discussion about her succession be conducted in a kind manner", the source said, adding that Merkel's words were greeted with a standing ovation.

Merkel said she took took responsibility for CDU's poor results in state elections since previous year.

The results of the October elections in Bavaria and Hesse will be seen as a bellwether for the entire nation. "I have said over the past few days that Angela Merkel knows best what to do, and now she has decided". But she said today that she had changed her mind over the northern summer as it became clear that "we can not continue with business as usual".

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Projections for ARD and ZDF public television, based on exit polls and partial counting, gave the CDU 27-28 per cent support and the centre-left Social Democrats almost 20 per cent.

Potential successors include Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, General Secretary of the CDU; Jens Spahn, Health Minister; Armin Laschet, Prime Minister of North-Rhine-Westphalia; Julia Klöckner, Agriculture Minister; Daniel Günther, Prime Minister of Schleswig-Holstein and Friedrich Merz, former Merkel rival, now inactive.

Her term as Chancellor was expected to run until 2021.

The surprise announcement that Merkel would leave her party's leadership but remain in the chancellorship did not satisfy her critics. Merkel's party managed an unimpressive win in Hesse, narrowly salvaging a majority for its regional governing coalition with the Greens in the state.

Two weeks ago, two of the federal governing parties - the Christian Social Union, the Bavaria-only sister to Merkel's CDU, and the Social Democrats - were battered in a state election in neighboring Bavaria. "I won't seek any further political offices".

Yesterday, the party suffered massive losses during regional elections in the state of Hesse, which has always been a bellwether for the nation.

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said on Sunday it would be "a mistake" for Merkel to cling to power.

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A senior CDU member told Reuters that party leaders wanted to discuss the possibility of Merkel reversing her decision to seek re-election as party chairwoman in December.

Elected state premier of Germany's most populous region North Rhine-Westphalia just last year, 57-year-old Armin Laschet could emerge as the compromise candidate to heal divisions that have torn at the CDU under Merkel.

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