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Merkel ally, Armin Laschet, wins race to lead her party

AFP, 16 Jan 2021
Angela Merkel's conservative CDU party picks her ally Armin Laschet as its next leader, in a key vote that kicks off the race for Germany's top job as a deadly pandemic roils Europe's biggest economy. In the close race, state premier of Germany's most populous state North Rhine-Westphalia Laschet triumphed over old Merkel nemesis Friedrich Merz (521 votes vs 466 votes), after a first round that saw Merz leading by just five votes.

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