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Merkel's Bavaria-only ally elects new leader

Merkel's Bavaria-only ally elects new leader

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies have elected Germany's agriculture minister as their new leader following a disastrous performance in September state elections.
The Christian Social Union says its delegates voted 786-84 to put Horst Seehofer in charge.
Seehofer has pledged to bring the conservative party closer to the people by loosening a strict smoking ban, hiring more teachers and police officers and improving education.
Governor Guenther Beckstein and former party leader Erwin Huber resigned after the party slumped to its worst state election performance in 54 years Sept. 28.
The Christian Social Union is the exclusively Bavarian sister party to Merkel's Christian Democratic Union.


Updated : 2021-08-05 20:22 GMT+08:00