Due to the corona pandemic, the meeting had to be postponed once. Now, in January, a digital decision will be made about the successor to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.
After nearly a year of hanging due to the corona pandemic, the CDU wants to elect its new chairman at an almost completely digital party conference in mid-January. According to information from the German news agency, the CDU board decided by a large majority in an exchange conference on Monday that the CDU boss should be elected digitally on January 16 with a final vote by mail. According to this information, there were two votes against and two abstentions.
Earlier, due to the persistently high number of infections in the party presidency, there had been discussion about another postponement. At the time, however, a large majority in the deciding vote in the board was in favor of the digital party congress. According to information from several participants, the Prime Minister of Schleswig-Holstein, Daniel Günther, and the Minister of the Interior of North Rhine-Westphalia, Herbert Reul, voted against. State Minister for Culture Monika Grütters and Monica Wüllner from Baden-Württemberg voted with abstention. Günther had already announced his decision at the previous meeting of the party presidency.
According to information from the party, the online party congress with 1,001 delegates will begin on January 15 with the first speeches, regulations and possibly the first elections. On January 16, in addition to the party chairman, his deputy and the other members of the governing bodies will be elected. In addition to ex-group leader Friedrich Merz of the Union, NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet and foreign expert Norbert Röttgen want to become CDU chairman. Due to the contagion situation, due to the contagion situation, there cannot be a party conference that many prefer with 1001 delegates in a room and speeches to a large audience.
According to participants, Laschet did not participate in the vote in the federal administration as a person concerned. So he had not spoken out in the discussion. During the meeting of the presidency, he had made it clear in advance that he would accept the decision. The solution to the personnel problem after party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announced the withdrawal in February, has been dragging on since the spring because of Corona.