The secretary-general of the CDU, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, has Wednesday her candidacy to Angela Merkel as president of the German christian democratic party is officially published. Also the former chairman Friedrich Merz gave formal to have a throw into the post.
After the closed meeting of the party leaders of the CDU on Sunday in Berlin, was already bekendgeraakt that twelve people candidate for chancellor Angela Merkel as party chairman. Only three of the candidates would have a real chance of making it to: secretary-general Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the former chairman, Friedrich Merz, and the federal minister of Health, Jens Spahn.
Kramp-Karrenbauer confirmed her candidacy Wednesday morning during a press conference. The 56-year-old said that they are for an ‘alternative policy’. However, it applies them as a confidant of Merkel, which Kramp-Karrenbauer in February overhevelde from her post as minister-president of Saarland to those of the secretary-general of the party, an unusual functiewissel.
One of the first items on the agenda of Kramp-Karrenbauer as chairperson of his party would restore the balance between the government and the party, sounds. According to her, the government is still making decisions where the party is afterwards but to comply. They want the rank and file a greater say. Furthermore, she gave more still to know that they campaign will perform before the function of party chairman, and not against its challengers.
Also Friedrich Merz is a candidate for the partijvoorzitterschap, as was Wednesday formally confirmed. The 62-year-old lawyer from North rhine-Westphalia was, since 2009, of the political foreground, disappeared. The 38-year-old Jens Spahn – who is the head of the very conservative wing of the CDU and in the past, a sharp critic of Merkel – has not itself heard.
Merkel announced last Monday that she is stepping down as party leader. She will remain as chancellor until 2021. At a conference in early december to choose the CDU a new chairman.