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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to Replace Merkel as CDU Chair

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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to Replace Merkel as CDU Chair

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to Replace Merkel as CDU Chair

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is a former state prime minister and is seen as Merkel's hand-picked successor.

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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to Replace Merkel as CDU Chair

Germany's Christian Democratic Union elected Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to replace German Chancellor Angela Merkel as party leader.

Kramp-Karrenbauer won  517 of the 999 votes  Friday, just 35 more votes than her opponent Friedrich Merz, a wealthy lawyer.

The election came weeks after Merkel announced she wouldn't  run for re-election  as party leader.

She's been chair of the Christian Democratic Union for 18 years.

Kramp-Karrenbauer joined the  party in 1981  and served as prime minister of the state of Saarland.

Some have called her  Merkel's protégé ,  Merkel 2.0 and even "mini-Merkel." Her win as party leader leaves the door open for her to run for German chancellor in the future.  Merkel has said she will continue to serve as chancellor until the end of her term in 2021. 




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