Armin Laschet, leader of Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU will be the party’s candidate to succeed Angela Merkel in September’s election.
Laschet won 77.5 per cent of the vote at an internal party meeting. His rival, Markus Soder, leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU) — the CDU’s sister party in Bavaria — was backed by 22.5 per cent of the vote.
“It’s about the best answers to the pressing questions of the future. And I am ready to run for office on our behalf,” Laschet said after the board voted.
Germans will vote for a new parliament in September.