Postal vote confirms Merkel ally Laschet as leader of CDU

Armin Laschet, the centrist premier of Germany’s most populous state, has been confirmed as the new leader of the Christian Democrats (CDU) in a postal vote, the party said Friday. It comes after Laschet won 52.6 per cent of the vote for the CDU party’s top post among delegates at its first-ever digital convention last week. The nation’s political establishment is currently gearing up for a slew of elections, including a national poll in September that will determine who replaces Chancellor Angela Merkel. Laschet, an ally of Merkel and premier of North Rhine-Westphalia, fended off a challenge …

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