Manfred Weber, who leads the European People's Party (EPP) in the European Parliament, announced on 5 September 2018 his candidacy to become the political group's lead candidate in the 2019 European elections. Mr Weber was elected the EPP lead candidate on 8 November at the EPP Congress.
Manfred was the first to announce his candidacy and later won the election with 79 percent of votes at the annual congress of the European People's Party. He thus officially became the EPP candidate for President of the European Commission under the so-called Spitzenkandidat system.
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