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CDU chairmanship: Laschet narrowly wins the runoff election against Merz - and now only has to fear one

2021-01-17T15:47:41.969Z

The CDU delegates have elected a new chairman of the party. Armin Laschet is the winner and prevailed against Friedrich Merz in the runoff election.



The CDU delegates have elected a new chairman of the party.

Armin Laschet is the winner and prevailed against Friedrich Merz in the runoff election.

  • One thing

    is

    certain:

    Armin Laschet

    is the new chairman of the CDU.

  • In the runoff election Laschet got 521 votes,

    Friedrich Merz

    lost with 466 votes.

  • In the first ballot,

    Norbert Röttgen was

    eliminated

    with 224 votes.

    Merz received 385 votes in the first vote, Laschet 380 votes.

Update from January 16, 6:18 p.m

.: “Why don't you say I really want to be a candidate for Chancellor?”

Armin Laschet is

asked after the victory.

“I think citizens now expect to know what's next with the pandemic, with the economy?

Something like that is used to measure who has what it takes to rule. "

“You don't put any conditions on a new chairman,” says

Laschet

of

Friedrich Merz

in

Bild Live

.

In other words: Merz did not make his ministerial office a condition that he continued to work in the

CDU

.

He doesn't want to say more from his conversation after the election.

“I see myself as someone who leads, but also brings people together.

And if there are others there, they can shine too, ”he says in response to the somewhat provocative question of whether he, as a“ nice Mr.

Laschet

”, could also conduct international negotiations.

In the

picture,

however, he does not want to disclose any details about future strategies.

He also comments on current questions - and

Corona is

in the foreground: "When the numbers go down, I'll be the first to say we have to take restrictions back," says

Laschet

on the question of the further

lockdown

.

He suggests that stricter measures could come in the coming week.

Armin Laschet on ARD: CDU and CSU decide together on the candidate for chancellor

Update from January 16, 5:48 p.m .:

Will

Armin Laschet

now also be a

candidate for chancellor

?

This question arises after his election as

CDU chairman.

Laschet

himself does not want to answer this question yet, he said in an

ARD interview,

which is broadcast on the program “Color confess”.

He said he wanted to go into talks with the CSU “openly”.

But at the same time: "The history of the CDU was mostly successful, even if the CDU chairman was ready to be a candidate for chancellor."


Whether he

would forego

Jens Spahn

or

Markus Söder (CSU)

if they were still ahead of him in the polls ?

He has a clear answer to that: “I don't think polls decide who wins.

I

won a state election

against

Hannelore Kraft

.

That was the most popular German politician.

That's when I learned how durable surveys are. "

Armin Laschet after the election as CDU chairman: who will be a candidate for chancellor?

Update from January 16, 11.41 a.m.: Armin Laschet

is happy.

He is the new

CDU chairman

.

But no sooner has the choice been made than the next question arises: And who will now be the candidate for chancellor?

Laschet recently announced that he would like to speak “openly” with CSU boss Markus Söder about it.

Söder has recently had high popularity ratings again and again.

It remains to be seen whether Laschet can prevail.

Update from January 16, 11:33 a.m.:

The digital decision has been made.

Armin Laschet won.

The defeated Friedrich Merz and Norbert Röttgen congratulate Laschet.

Now a postal vote has to secure the result legally.

Armin Laschet is the new CDU chairman - tight decision in the runoff election

Update from January 16, 11:24 a.m.:

The decision is made:

Armin Laschet

is the new CDU chairman.

He wins with 521 votes, 991 votes were cast.

There were four abstentions.

Update from January 16, 11:21 a.m.:

It's a very thin race, as it turned out after the first ballot.

Friedrich Merz

leads by just five votes ahead of

Armin Laschet

.

Norbert Röttgen is eliminated and is now no longer in the second ballot.

The big question: How will the 224 Röttgen voters decide?

The next vote is in progress.

There will be a result in a moment.

Result of the CDU party congress: wafer-thin race - run-off vote necessary

Update from January 16, 11.11 a.m.:

The result of the first ballot is available.

952 delegates cast their votes.

Friedrich Merz received 385 votes, Armin Laschet 380 votes and Norbert Röttgen 224. A runoff between Merz and Laschet followed.

Update from January 16, 11:05 a.m.:

The first ballot of the

CDU party congress

is over, the first result of the digital vote should be available soon.

Update from January 16, 9:12 a.m.:

The new

CDU chairman should be

determined

this Saturday afternoon

.

He then has to be officially elected by postal vote

(see initial registration)

.

First, according to the program,

Armin Laschet will

speak in the morning

, then

Friedrich Merz

, and finally

Norbert Röttgen

.

Who will make the race in the end is still completely open.

There was no clear mood among the delegates until the end.

Update from January 15, 2:27 p.m.:

The

CDU

has been waiting for a

long

time.

On Friday evening 18 o'clock, it should start with the

CDU party *

.

Then the delegates, the CDU party leadership, interested parties and media representatives meet online and follow the action.

Speeches, votes, honors: everything is digital.

The new

chairman

should already be determined on Saturday

.

So that the result is legally secure, there will also be a postal vote

(see initial report)

.

The question is conceivable: Isn't there a risk that

delegates will

vote differently in the case of a narrow result in the postal vote?

In order to rule out this from the outset, the

candidates have

already announced that they will no longer be available for the postal ballot if they have lost the digital vote.

CDU party congress: The official result should be available on January 22nd

First report from January 10, 11:23 a.m .:

Berlin - Not only the CDU will be eagerly awaiting the result: On January

15 and 16,

1001 delegates will meet at

the CDU's

first

digital party conference

.

The most sensational item on the program is likely to be the election of the new chairman.

In the past few weeks, the three most promising candidates presented themselves several times to their party friends and the grassroots.

  • Friedrich Merz

    stands for a conservative short of the party.

    After losing to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, he is running for the office of CDU chairman for the second time.

    He sat in the Bundestag until 2009, then switched to business for a longer period of time.

  • Armin Laschet

    is currently Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia.

    He has already sat in the Bundestag and the European Parliament.

    Most recently, he advocated wanting to continue Angela Merkel's policy.

    Jens Spahn * is on the team with him.

  • Norbert Röttgen

    says of himself that he is “not a warehouse” but stands for everyone.

    He has been in the Bundestag since 1994 and was Environment Minister under Merkel until 2012.

    As chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, he cares a lot about foreign policy.

Everyone wants to convince with his concept, because from the position as

chairman

a candidate for chancellor for the Union could possibly arise.

However, this is

coordinated

beforehand with the CSU and its boss

Markus Söder

.

Armin Laschet and the Bavarian Prime Minister had already grooved as a possible team at the New Year's reception of the CDU from NRW *.

Election of the new CDU chairman: when will there be a result?

The

election itself will take place

next Saturday

(January 16)

after all three applicants have once again created the mood for themselves - as far as this is possible with a digital format.

According to the party program, a

result

should then be

announced.

If nobody

gets

an absolute majority of

the votes

in the first round

- i.e. nobody gets over 50 percent of all possible votes - there will be a

runoff

between the first and second place.

Next week for # cdupt21 1001 delegates will come together digitally and # because of tomorrow.

You choose a leadership with which we will make the right decisions this year so that Germany can get out of the crisis well.

#cduvorsitz


👉 https://t.co/BdWEmogRin pic.twitter.com/Mfi9PUA5Vs

- Germany's CDU (@CDU) January 8, 2021

The fact that

digital voting and decisions are made

at the

CDU party conference

is a novelty in German party history.

In order for the election result to be binding and legally secure, there is then a written final vote by postal vote.

The count will take place on Friday,

January 22nd

and the

results will be

announced

on the same day

.

In addition to the new chairman, five deputy chairmen and the members of the Presidium and the Federal Executive Committee will be newly elected.

In addition, a vote is taken on the federal treasurer and the representative.

CDU party congress: program around the election of the chairman and the result

The

program of the party congress

extends over two days.

According to the schedule, the event will run on Friday, January 15th from 6pm to 9pm, and on Saturday, January 16th from 9.30am to 3pm.

Speeches and greetings from the previous CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Chancellor Angela Merkel *, General Secretary Paul Ziemiak, CSU boss Söder and Donald Tusk, President of the European People's Party, are planned for Friday.

After the speeches of the

three candidates for the presidency

and the vote on Saturday, greetings from EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the opposition leader of Belarus, Svetlana Tichanowskaja, are to follow.

The final word should be given by the

new chairman of the CDU *

.

In the polls *,

Friedrich Merz

is currently

ahead, but

Armin Laschet

and

Norbert Röttgen

follow closely behind

.

(cibo) * Merkur.de is part of the Ippen-Digital network.

List of rubric lists: © Michael Kappeler / dpa

Source: merkur

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