Soeder concedes; Laschet to be candidate for German chancellor
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Markus Soeder has conceded the race to lead Germany’s conservatives into September elections, handing victory to rival Armin Laschet as the centre-right bloc’s candidate for chancellor. He announced the decision on Tuesday after leading party officials threw their support behind Laschet in an overnight vote. Once the decision is formally confirmed, Laschet will go into the elections as the joint candidate for chancellor for the conservative bloc, which comprises Laschet’s Christian Democrats and Soeder’s Christian Social Union. As the biggest grouping in parliament and the leader in opinion po…

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