Friedrich Merz Elected Chairman of Germany's Christian Democratic Union - Reports
12:02 GMT 22.01.2022 (Updated: 12:09 GMT 22.01.2022)
© AP Photo / Markus SchreiberFriedrich Merz delivers his speech when running for chairman at the party convention of the Christian Democratic Party CDU in Hamburg, Germany, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018
© AP Photo / Markus Schreiber
BERLIN (Sputnik) - On Saturday, Friedrich Merz was elected the new chairman of the conservative Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) during an online congress with 95% of the vote, according to a live stream by the German broadcaster Phoenix.
He succeeds Armin Laschet.
In December, Merz's candidacy for the party leadership was agreed upon after a first-ever poll of CDU members.
Merz has tried to become leader of the party twice, losing to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in 2018, and then to Laschet in 2021.