BERLIN | New head of Merkel party seeks to build bridges with rivals

BERLIN | New head of Merkel party seeks to build bridges with rivals

BERLIN  — Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s successor at the helm of Germany’s main center-right party sought to consolidate her power on Saturday after a narrow victory, installing a young conservative in a key leadership post in an effort to build bridges with her rivals.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a Merkel ally close to her centrist stance, was elected as chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union on Friday.

She narrowly defeated Friedrich Merz, a one-time Merkel rival representing a more traditionally conservative approach and a clearer break from the longtime chancellor’s era.

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