HAMBURG, Germany – Germany’s conservative Christian Democratic Union chose on Friday 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.