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CDU: Angela Merkel rejects honorary presidency

2022-01-21T11:26:19.781Z

It no longer fits in with the times: According to the outgoing party leader Armin Laschet, this is how Chancellor Angela Merkel explained why she did not want to become honorary chairwoman of the CDU.



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The decision has been made: Angela Merkel will not become honorary chairwoman of the CDU.

This was reported by the outgoing party leader Armin Laschet.

The basic question is whether that is still appropriate, Laschet said in the RTL / ntv "early start".

“Angela Merkel also came to the decision: it no longer fits in with the times.

We don't have an honorary chairman - that's a tradition from the past that doesn't exist at the federal level, "reported Laschet.

The question of the honorary chairmanship was discussed with regard to an old case.

"The last honorary chairman was Helmut Kohl, who then resigned from the honorary chairmanship."

Most recently, Tilman Kuban, head of the Junge Union (JU), spoke out in favor of appointing Merkel as honorary chairman.

"Anyone who has led Germany so successfully for 16 years deserves it," he said in the SPIEGEL top-level discussion.

Four months after its disaster in the Bundestag elections, the CDU is positioning itself to work in the opposition by electing a largely new party leadership.

At an online party conference, the 1001 delegates are to elect ex-Union faction leader Friedrich Merz as the new chairman this Saturday.

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Source: spiegel

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