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Merkel party chief confident as leadership contest heats up

CDU's senior leadership is meeting in Berlin on Monday

12 April, 12:11
(ANSA-AFP) - BERLIN, APR 12 - The head of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU voiced confidence ahead of a key meeting Monday that the party's top brass will back him as their chancellor candidate despite a challenge from his Bavarian counterpart. CDU chief Armin Laschet and Markus Soeder, the head of the smaller Bavarian sister CSU party, both said Sunday they were open to leading the centre-right alliance into elections in September. The CDU's senior leadership is meeting in Berlin on Monday to discuss the next steps as they look to chart a path towards a post-Merkel era against the backdrop of plummeting public support. While the top brass is not expected to deliver a final decision on the chancellor candidate immediately, which way it leans would be a key sign of who the alliance would end up picking. (ANSA-AFP).

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