Ally urges sis­ter party chief to quit

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A se­nior mem­ber of Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel’s con­ser­va­tive party has urged the head of the al­lied Bavar­ian CSU party to fol­low her ex­am­ple and step down as party leader af­ter poor elec­tion re­sults.

Merkel said yes­ter­day that her fourth term as chan­cel­lor would be her last and that she would step down as leader of the Chris­tian Democrats (CDU). To­bias Hans, CDU premier in the western state of Saar­land, called on its Bavar­ian Chris­tian So­cial Union (CSU) sis­ter party leader Horst See­hofer — who, as in­te­rior min­is­ter in Merkel’s fed­eral govern­ment, had unset­tled vot­ers by crit­i­cis­ing the chan­cel­lor — to fol­low suit and step down. “The fact is that An­gela Merkel has given an ex­am­ple of how to take re­spon­si­bil­ity af­ter a poor elec­tion re­sult,” Hans told Die Welt news­pa­per. “An­gela Merkel has man­aged to de­liver a self-de­ter­mined depar­ture as party leader. This is also my wish for col­league Horst See­hofer,” Hans added. There was no im­me­di­ate re­sponse from See­hofer.

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