CDU to decide on Merkel's successor in April or May

CDU to decide on Merkel's successor in April or May

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) will hold an extraordinary party congress either in April or May to elect a new leader, German broadcaster reported, citing party sources.

The CDU congress will take place either on April 25 or May 9 when delegates will be asked to vote for a new leader who will most likely leading in the next federal election due in October 2021, n-tv reported.

Merkel's initial heir apparent, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, resigned as party leader this month over a scandal involving apparent cooperation with the far right.

On Sunday, the CDU suffered its second-worst result ever in a regional election, coming third in Hamburg with just 11.5% of the vote.

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