February 10, 2020 / 8:39 AM / 9 days ago

Kramp-Karrenbauer, leader of Merkel's CDU, won't run for chancellor - source

BERLIN, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and her protegee, will not run for chancellor in next year’s federal election, a source in her party said on Monday.

The source said Merkel wanted Kramp-Karrenbauer to remain a minister. Kramp-Karrenbauer is Germany’s defence minister.

Kramp-Karrenbauer has been struggling to assert her control over her conservative party after a regional branch defied her by backing a local leader helped into office by the far right.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke Writing by Michelle Martin Editing by Paul Carrel

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