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Germany: Huber becomes the new general secretary of CSU

Bavarian CSU member of the state parliament Martin Huber (44) will be his party’s new general secretary. Party leader Markus Söder announced the staff decision today in a video conference of the CSU Council, as dpa learned in Munich from groups of participants. Former Secretary-General Stefan Meyer resigned on Tuesday after just over two months in office due to threats against a journalist.

Hopper’s freestyle was made in a hurry and under great time pressure. The 48-year-old had given health reasons for his resignation in a written statement. At the same time, Mayer later admitted that the choice of words “maybe” was inappropriate for the “Bunte” journalist. The journalist accused Mayer of threatening him over the phone in connection with a report on his private life.

Soder then announced on Wednesday that he would quickly clarify who would succeed him. In light of the upcoming state elections in the fall of 2023, which the CSU and Bavarian Prime Minister Söder personally regard as an election of fate, the position of Secretary-General is a key one.

Huber comes from Molddorf and is, like Mayer, a member of the CSU District Association in Altötting. From 2008 to 2013, the married Catholic was the personal advisor to party leader Horst Seehofer at the CSU leadership – so he already knows the party headquarters from his own experience. Hopper has been a member of the state parliament for CSU since 2013. At the end of February, Sodder had already selected him as one of two people responsible for developing a new core program for California State University. Outside of CSU, Huber hasn’t made a big appearance yet.

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