|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was elected on 7 December 2018 the new leader of Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU), narrowly beating her closest competitor. Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer was the favourite candidate of Angela Merkel, who left the party's leadership after 18 years.
Delegates at the party conference had to choose between three candidates:
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer grew up in a Catholic family in Saarland. She joined the CDU in 1981 as a student and worked her way up in state-level politics. Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer became the first woman to serve as a state minister for internal affairs in 2000 and the first woman to serce as prime minister of Saarland, a position she held from 2011 to 2018. In February 2018, she was appointed Secretary General of the CDU following proposal from Angela Merkel, suggesting she had picked her preferred successor in the party.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||National Politics|
|Keywords||Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands | Christian Democratic Union of Germany [CDU]
|Countries / Regions||Germany|