Merkel loy­al­ist wins party lead­er­ship bat­tle

Arab News - - News International -

An­negret Kramp-Kar­ren­bauer, a close ally of An­gela Merkel, won a tight race to suc­ceed her as party leader on Fri­day, see­ing off a long­time ri­val of the Ger­man chan­cel­lor.

The con­test, which re­quired a runoff vote to se­cure a 52-per­cent ma­jor­ity for AKK as she is known, is ex­pected to in­crease the like­li­hood that Merkel will be able to see out her fourth term un­til 2021.

AKK, 56, pledged to main­tain con­ti­nu­ity af­ter 18 years of Merkel at the helm while open­ing up the Chris­tian Demo­cratic Union (CDU) to more grass­roots democ­racy.

AKK beat cor­po­rate lawyer Friedrich Merz, 63.

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