Merkel ally to lead con­ser­va­tive CDU party

The State - - Nation & World -

Ger­many’s con­ser­va­tives on Fri­day picked Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel’s pre­ferred suc­ces­sor as party leader, de­liv­er­ing Merkel a badly needed vic­tory that so­lid­i­fies her legacy and gives her the chance to gov­ern for as long as three more years.

The se­lec­tion of An­negret Kramp-Kar­ren­bauer, a 56-year-old mod­er­ate whose un­flashy and con­sen­sual style re­sem­bles Merkel’s own, sig­naled a pref­er­ence for con­ti­nu­ity among mem­bers of the Chris­tian Demo­cratic Union.

Merkel has said she in­tends to stay in of­fice un­til 2021, and with her ally as party leader, that is at least pos­si­ble.

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