Friedrich Merz Elected Chairman of Germany's Christian Democratic Union - Reports

© 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
Friedrich 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 - Sputnik International, 1920, 22.01.2022
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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.
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