Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer plans to resign as leader of the German Christian Democratic Party CDU. She will also not apply as a Federal Chancellor. A party spokesperson announced this on Monday.
The 57-year-old Kramp-Karrenbauer, who is also Minister of Defense, was seen by the party as the successor of current Chancellor Angela Merkel.
But on Monday, she informed the party top that she would no longer be a candidate for that position in the next parliamentary elections in the autumn of 2021.
Kramp-Karrenbauer had taken over party chairmanship from Angela Merkel at the end of 2018. She was then elected for a two-year term. But the party leadership of ‘AKK’ was far from flawless.
For example, last week there was a fuss because CDU members in the parliament of the state of Thuringia had supported the extreme right-wing party AfD Thomas Kemmerich, the liberal candidate for the regional prime ministerial office.
The selection procedure for a new Chancellor will be started in the summer. A party congress will take place at the end of this year at which a chairperson must be appointed.
Merkel, who has been running the German government since 2005, no longer wants to stand for the next election. She spoke on Monday to keep Kramp-Karrenbauer in the post as Minister of Defense.