CDU leadership backs Armin Laschet to succeed Angela Merkel

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The leadership of the German Christian Democratic Party CDU on Monday supported Armin Laschet, the unpopular president of the conservative party, to run for Angela Merkel’s succession in September.

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The “presidium” of the CDU, meeting Monday morning behind closed doors, has chosen to support the candidacy of its president against that of the popular Bavarian leader Markus Söder, several participants reported to AFP.

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