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Ally of German Chancellor Merkel Elected to Succeed Her as Party Leader

A close ally has been elected to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the leader of the country's center-right Christian Democratic Union. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the party's current general secretary, narrowly defeated former Merkel rival Friedrich Merz 517 to 482 at a congress of the party Friday in Hamburg. Merz sought to move the CDU further to the right. A third candidate, Health Minister Jens Spahn, an outspoken critic of Merkel's 2015 decision to welcome...

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