German conservative Kramp-Karrenbauer wants to move beyond Merkel era

German conservative Kramp-Karrenbauer wants to move beyond Merkel era

Germany's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) must build on Chancellor Angela Merkel's legacy but move on from her era, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who is running to be CDU leader, said on Wednesday.

Secretary General of CDU Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer gives statement in Berlin
Chancellor Angela Merkel's protege, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, addresses a news conference to promote her candidacy to succeed the German leader as chief of their conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) in Berlin, Germany, November 7, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

BERLIN: Germany's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) must build on Chancellor Angela Merkel's legacy but move on from her era, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who is running to be CDU leader, said on Wednesday.

"This is the end of the era," Kramp-Karrenbauer, presenting her candidacy for the CDU leadership, said of Merkel's time as party leader.

CDU delegates will decide on a successor to Merkel as party leader at a congress in early December. Kramp-Karrenbauer is competing for the post with businessman Friedrich Merz and Health Minister Jens Spahn. Merkel wants to remain chancellor.

(Reporting by Michelle Martin and Madeline Chambers, Writing by Paul Carrel, Editing by Riham Alkousaa)

Source: Reuters

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