Merkel ally Laschet wins top CDU post as German election year starts

Armin Laschet, the centrist premier of Germany’s most populous state, was on Saturday elected to lead the Christian Democrats (CDU), the conservative party of Angela Merkel. Now the difficult task is securing her job as chancellor. Laschet won 52.6 per cent of the vote for the CDU party’s top post at its first-ever digital convention, which came as the nation’s political class gears up for a slew of elections, including a national poll in September that will determine who replaces Merkel. “I want to do everything I can to ensure that we go through this year together,” Laschet, an ally of Merke…

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