May 23, 2019
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Germany's ruling CDU elects centrist to lead party, replacing Merkel

Hamburg (Germany), Dec 7 (efe-epa).- Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union on Friday chose its secretary-general Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as the party's new leader, thus replacing Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has held the post for the past 18 years.

AKK, as the moderate-leaning politician is widely known, won the balloting at the CDU's party convention in the northern German city of Hamburg over her right-wing rivals, Friedrich Merz and Jens Spahn.

"I recognize the election and feel thankful for the trust," Kramp-Karrenbauer said after learning the result, while thanking Spahn and Merz for "delivering a fair contest."

According to preliminary results, she won around 51 percent of the votes cast by the party's 1,001 delegates while Merz obtained 49 percent in the head-to-head second round of the election.

Spahn had been eliminated from contention after getting the lowest number of votes in the first round.

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