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CDU to elect Angela Merkel's successor today

ANI  |  Berlin [Germany] 

Germany's centre-right (CDU) is all set to elect Angela Merkel's successor as on Friday.

According to recent surveys, 48 per cent of CDU voters were in favour of Merkel loyalist Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer for the leadership, while 35 per cent backed Friedrich Merz, a of the Chancellor's refugee policy, reported.

Various German politicians such as and EU have decided to support Merz.

Branded by critics as "Trump light," Merz had challenged Merkel for the party leadership in 2002, but lost the challenge and left in 2009.

German said that he would back Kramp-Karrenbauer as she would be the best candidate to lead the CDU.

Kramp-Karrenbauer served as the of state from 2011 to 2018. She was appointed the of CDU in February.

In October, Merkel, who led the party for 18 years, announced that she would not seek re-election when her term expires in 2021.

The 64-year-old leader, who has managed to retain the top spot on Forbes' list of most powerful women for the eighth year in a row, has been the of since 2005.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 07:16 IST