Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Chancellor Angela Merkel's protégée and leader of their conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), will not run for chancellor in Germany's federal election next year, a source in her party said on Monday.
German conservative leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Monday (Oct 28) faced a rebellion by party members angry at a humiliating election result in eastern Thuringia state where the Christian Democrats (CDU) lost voters to both the far-left and far-right.
Germany's ruling Christian Democrat Union has chosen Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as its new party leader, ending Angela Merkel's 18-year reign. The CDU general secretary narrowly beat Friedrich Merz, a millionaire lawyer, in a run-off vote in Hamburg. Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer, or AKK as she is also known, received 517 of 999 votes.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has won state elections in the small western state of Saarland on Sunday by significantly increasing its vote share. . Led by premier Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the most popular politician in the region, CDU has won 40.1% of the vote, increasing its share by 4.9 percentage votes compared with 2012, according to the projections based on exit polls and broadcasted by the public television ARD.