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Angela Merkel’s CDU party is about to elect her replacement



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By Andy Eckardt and Carlo Angerer

HAMBURG, Germany – The final speech of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as leader of his party was greeted with an 11-minute standing ovation on Friday.

The address marked the beginning of its gradual exit from German politics and the world scene. Merkel has led the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000 and has been the country's chancellor since 2005.

"Now is the time to open a new chapter, it was a great pleasure for me, it was an honor," Merkel said while she was finishing her speech. The delegates re-read signs: "Thank you, boss."

Merkel, 64, will hand over the baton to a successor at the party congress in Hamburg, the following Friday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes the party convention delegates on Friday. Markus Schreiber / AP Photo

Three main candidates to replace it have visited Germany and spoken to members of the party in eight regional conferences in recent weeks. The discussions were generally friendly and democratic compared to the Republican or Democratic primary debates in the United States

The leaders of the German parties, including Merkel, were traditionally selected through behind-the-scenes agreements and did not face any competition during the voting confirmation to party conventions.

But for the first time since 1971, CDU delegates have received the opportunity to elect the new party leader among several candidates.


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