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Merz to run for CDU federal presidency – news.ORF.at

The former German CDU parliamentary group leader, Friedrich Mers, has officially announced his candidacy for the federal presidency of the CDU and presented his closest team. As a candidate for general secretary, Meretz today proposed Mario Zaga, a member of the German parliament in Berlin.

In addition, Merz wants a Deputy Secretary-General, as the CDU must first change its statute. For this position, Merz introduced Kristina Stump, a member of the Bundestag, from Baden-Württemberg.

Also in the running for the successor to outgoing CDU chairman Armin Laschet is foreign politician Norbert Röttgen, who comes as Merz from North Rhine-Westphalia, and former President-Chancellor Helge Braun from Hesse.

“Do not turn to the right”

“There will be no turning right in union with me here,” the 66-year-old Merz confirmed while introducing his team in Berlin. CDU is in a difficult position in its future opposition role. Now the main thing is to win the next state election next year.

In Saarland, Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia, the CDU is currently the prime minister, and in Lower Saxony it is in opposition. In order to be able to win this state election, the CDU must reposition itself not only in terms of personnel, but also in terms of content. Here Merz mentioned above all the issue of social justice.

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