Merkel bids emo­tional farewell to party

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BER­LIN (DPA), DEC 7, 2018 - Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion that lasted nearly 10 min­utes on Fri­day af­ter giv­ing her fi­nal speech as head of Ger­many’s Chris­tian Demo­cratic Union (CDU) at a party con­fer­ence set to de­ter­mine her suc­ces­sor.

Dozens of CDU del­e­gates at the con­fer­ence in Ham­burg held up ban­ners read­ing “Danke Chefin” - Ger­man for “Thanks, boss” - as they lis­tened to Merkel’s fi­nal speech af­ter 18 years at the helm of the party.

Merkel cited Ger­many’s bal­anced bud­get pol­icy, the end of mil­i­tary con­scrip­tion in 2011 and the man­age­ment of the refugee cri­sis in 2015-16 as ma­jor achieve­ments of the con­ser­va­tive CDU dur­ing her ten­ure as leader.“we have a lot left to do,” Merkel said as she walked off the stage, just hours be­fore a party lead­er­ship vote.

Three can­di­dates are run­ning for the top CDU job.

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