Merz and Czaja improve their result


Dhe designated CDU party chairman Friedrich Merz and the designated CDU general secretary Mario Czaja were able to improve their result again in the postal vote of the 1001 delegates of the digital party congress. Merz received 95.33 percent of the votes (previously 94.62 percent) in the vote, which had to formally confirm the result of the online vote from the weekend before last. Czaja received 94.24 percent (previously 92.89 percent).

The trend towards better results also continued with the results of the rest of the party executive. Among the deputy chairmen, Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer achieved the best result with 94.10 percent (previously 92.65 percent) and Schleswig-Holstein’s Education Minister Karin Prien the weakest with 74.50 percent (previously 70.83 percent). Among the seven other members of the Presidium, the best-placed so far, North Rhine-Westphalia’s Minister of Labor Karl-Josef Laumann, came to 89.84 percent (previously 83.66 percent), the former Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn, brought up the rear at the Digital Party Congress with 60.21 percent among those elected by the Presidency, received 70.09 percent in the postal vote.

The clearest differences were visible in the results of the 26 assessors. In the run-up to the Digital Party Congress, this was where the greatest competition was recorded, with 38 candidates applying for the 24 posts. In particular, those placed further back were able to record veritable leaps in growth. Thomas Bareiß, for example, who was only just elected assessor at the digital party congress with 53.9 percent, now received 82.3 percent of the votes cast in the written election. Serap Güler, who was elected in the online election with 62.33 percent of the votes, now brings up the rear with 76.9 percent. Joe Chialo confirmed the best result of the assessors – now with 94.71 percent of the votes instead of 83.13 percent, which he had received at the Digital Party Congress.

Voter turnout for the postal vote was 90 percent. This is “a very pleasingly high number,” said the outgoing CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak when presenting the results on Monday in the Konrad-Adenauer-Haus in Berlin. The women’s quorum has been reached, a by-election is not necessary. This means that the new CDU leadership can start work on time tomorrow, Tuesday.

Friedrich Merz was satisfied with the result following the announcement alongside Mario Czaja; even if, as Merz said, the joy was “impaired and clouded” by the news of the death of two police officers in Rhineland-Palatinate. Merz expressed his condolences and sympathy to the families and colleagues of those killed. He also thanked the police, who do their duty for the people of Germany every day. “And as we are realizing in these moments, this ministry is not without peril.”


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