Berlin (AFP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s favoured successor and the top of her CDU occasion will grow to be the nation’s subsequent defence minister, an official assertion stated Tuesday, after Ursula von der Leyen was elected European Fee president.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, greatest identified to Germans as “AKK”, might be appointed on Wednesday throughout a handover in Berlin along with her predecessor von der Leyen and the primary vp of the Bundesrat higher home, which confirmed the information in a press release.
Von der Leyen, who had served as defence minister since 2013, will step all the way down to grow to be the primary girl to carry the EU’s prime job after MEPs narrowly backed her in a Tuesday vote.
Earlier than Kramp-Karrenbauer, who’s extensively seen because the chancellor’s chosen inheritor, was introduced as the brand new minister, Merkel had stated there can be a “very quick alternative”.
“The defence ministry, the defence minister, maintain command and army authority. We can’t depart this put up empty for lengthy,” she stated.
It is going to be the primary ministerial put up for Kramp-Karrenbauer, who was born in Saarland, close to the French border, and has grow to be a number one determine in German politics.
Generally known as “mini-Merkel”, she has been poised to take over as chancellor since changing into CDU chief in December after Merkel introduced she wouldn’t search one other time period when her present one ends in 2021.
Nevertheless the 56-year-old’s appointment to the troublesome put up on Tuesday night got here as a shock to some, after she got here below robust criticism for the CDU’s poor leads to Could’s European Parliament election.