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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to lead CDU after Merkel

Staff Writer | December 7, 2018
Germany's ruling Christian Democrat Union (CDU) has chosen Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as its new party leader, ending Angela Merkel's 18-year reign.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
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The CDU general secretary narrowly beat Friedrich Merz, a millionaire lawyer, in a run-off vote in Hamburg.

Kramp-Karrenbauer, or AKK as she is also known, received 517 of 999 votes.

Merkel, who plans to serve out her term as chancellor until 2021, gave an emotional farewell speech on Friday at the special party conference.

As the head of Germany's largest party, Kramp-Karrenbauer could now become the next German chancellor.