Status: 16.01.2021 12:01 p.m.
Armin Laschet was elected as the new CDU party leader in a runoff election against Friedrich Merz. At the digital federal party conference of the Christian Democrats, 991 of the 1001 delegates cast their votes. 521 votes were given to Laschet and 466 to Merz.
No absolute majority in the first ballot
In the first ballot, 992 delegates cast their votes, with Merz receiving 385 votes, Laschet 380 votes and Norbert Röttgen 224 votes. Since none of the three candidates achieved an absolute majority in the first ballot, Merz and Laschet went to a runoff.
“I want to do everything that we can go through this year together,” said Laschet after the election. The CDU had to be successful in the state elections and in the “Bundestag election” had to ensure that the Union had the next chancellor.
Ziemiak should stay in office
He stressed that CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak should remain in his office. Merz and Röttgen congratulated Laschet and also emphasized the need for unity of the party.
The delegates must confirm the election in writing. For this purpose, the delegates must send a written confirmation of their choice to the federal office of the CDU in Berlin. The new party leader is to be officially confirmed on January 22nd.
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