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Armin Laschet makes a clear declaration of war on red-red-green - and comes out as a "Merz fan"

2021-01-23T16:37:40.934Z

After his election as CDU chairman, Armin Laschet wants to lead the Union united in the upcoming Bundestagswalkampf. It is about the "direction of the republic".



After his election as CDU chairman, Armin Laschet wants to lead the Union united in the upcoming Bundestagswalkampf.

It is about the "direction of the republic".

  • Armin Laschet was confirmed as the new CDU party leader by postal vote.

  • The 59-year-old is leading the CDU through the super election year 2021.

  • With a view to the federal election, Laschet wants to prevent red-red-green in particular (update from January 23, 4:50 p.m.).

Update from January 23, 4:50 p.m.:

The new

CDU party chairman Armin Laschet

showed

himself to be

a fan of his former competitor

Friedrich Merz

in his speech at the digital party conference of the

CDU

Baden-Württemberg

.

“I'm also a Friedrich Merz fan.

That's why I want him to be there.

We need Friedrich Merz, “said the 59-year-old with a view to the future of his party.

Laschet also

emphasized, however, that the question of power within the

CDU had

now been clarified

through his election as

chairman

.

Friedrich Merz

, who

has many supporters

especially within the

CDU

Baden-Württemberg, caused a sensation last week when he

offered

to take over

the

Ministry of Economics

after his electoral defeat against

Armin Laschet

.

Armin Laschet wants to prevent red-red-green - it's "about the well-being in Germany"

With a view to the upcoming

federal election

in the autumn

,

Laschet

wants

to make

a united

CDU

the election winner and is aiming for a result well over 30 percent.

In the polls, the Union is currently at "35 percent plus x" said 59-year-olds.

Now it is above all important "that we keep the

voters of

the middle with us".

A good result in the

Bundestag election

is all the more important because it is essential to

avoid

an impending

coalition

of the

SPD

, the

Left

and the

Greens

.

"I'm sure: when red-red-green have a majority, they will do it,"

Laschet

predicts

.

"But you have to rule out such an alliance when it comes to the welfare of Germany." In the upcoming election, the party chairman said, "the direction of the republic."

Armin Laschet officially new CDU chairman: landmark speech on Saturday?

Söder presents

Update from January 23, 11.35 a.m.:

Bavaria's Prime Minister

Markus Söder

has encouraged the Baden-Württemberg CDU for the upcoming election campaign.

Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) is a popular Prime Minister, said Söder on Saturday in a video message to the digital party conference of the Southwest CDU.

But he added: “Bayern Munich can also lose if you choose the right tactics and strategy.” The top candidate from Baden-Württemberg is

Susanne Eisenmann

.

With the new

CDU boss Armin Laschet, he

works “great together”, so Söder.

“But it is also clear: Without the south, little is possible in Germany.” The south is Germany's economic and technological engine.

He can do well with Kretschmann, but: “Everything has its time.

And maybe there is a new time. "

CDU boss Armin Laschet is happy about the backing - two CDU party conferences on Saturday

Update from January 23rd, 11.30 am:

The new

CDU leader Amin Laschet described

the postal voting results after the digital party congress

as “great support”

.

At a program party conference of the Rhineland-Palatinate CDU, the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister said on Saturday that the approval of 83 percent was "very remarkable".

Update from January 23, 9:15 a.m.:

The CDU is heading for the upcoming

state elections in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate

on March 14.

At the same time, the two state associations want to decide on their election program at digital party congresses on Saturday - under the leadership of the

new CDU leader Armin Laschet

.

He is expected personally in Stuttgart and will give a speech.

Precisely where

Friedrich Merz had a

particularly large number of fans.

In the Stuttgart Wagenhalle, which records over 2000 people, only 50 people will be present.

Everyone has to undergo a rapid corona test before entering.

 “Many party friends in Baden-Württemberg supported me, otherwise the election result would not have been possible.

Susanne Eisenmann

, the very committed top candidate of the Baden-Württemberg CDU, pointed out that we can learn a lot from our

state election campaign in North Rhine-Westphalia in 2017.

", Laschet told the

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

.

The delegates of the two federal states hope that the federal CDU will provide a tailwind for the upcoming elections.

“Laschet brings people together.

He will succeed in addressing those who did not vote for him, ”said the head of the state of Baden-Württemberg and CDU vice-president Thomas Strobl.

Armin Laschet confirmed as the new CDU chairman: Postal voting of the delegates after the online party conference

First report from January 22nd, 8:20 p.m .:

Berlin -

Armin Laschet

, Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, is now officially the new

CDU chairman

.

The delegates have confirmed his choice, after a

digital dial

on the

online congress

of the

CDU

already was able to win last Saturday.

On Friday the

CDU

announced that

Laschet

had received 796 of 980 valid

votes cast

.

According to the

CDU

, this results in an approval of 83.35 percent.

1001

delegates

were entitled to vote.

The two defeated candidates from the

party congress

- ex-Union parliamentary group leader

Friedrich Merz

and foreign politician

Norbert Röttgen

- were no longer up for voting in the postal vote.

Lash

said after the announcement of the result that it shows that many of those who voted for

Merz

and

Röttgen

in the online vote

, “are now behind the new

chairman

”.

Participation in the

postal vote

and its result “are a signal of the unity of the Union”.

Armin Laschet

* won the runoff election against

Merz

at the

online party congress

with 521 to 466 votes after

Health Minister

and team partner Jens Spahn used the question and answer

session

to advertise

Laschet

.

Laschet

got 52.6 percent of the votes cast including abstentions.

Merz

achieved 47.0 percent.

In order to make the “digital preselection” legally secure, postal voting followed.

Laschet

,

Merz

and

Röttgen

had assured in advance that they wanted to accept the result of the online vote.

In the

CDU, it

was expected that

Laschet's

result in the postal vote would be better than at the party congress.

It will probably be important for a number of delegates to send the new chairman into the super election year with a good election result, was the rationale.

Merz

* had called on the

CDU members

last Monday to support the new chairman.

“I ask all delegates to take part in the final written vote and to give our new chairman

Armin

Laschet a strong vote.

And then we go to work together, ”he wrote in a letter.

* Merkur.de is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network.

Source: merkur

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