CDU is planning to reorganize its staff by the end of January
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BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – The CDU wants to complete its personnel realignment after the debacle in the federal election next January. The federal executive decided unanimously on Tuesday that this should be done at a party congress on 21./22. January should happen in Hanover. Before that there will be a member survey about the successor to Armin Laschet as party leader. The process will therefore take longer than the regional associations in particular, with elections soon, would have wished. Prime ministers such as Tobias Hans in Saarland and Hendrik Wüst in North Rhine-Westphalia had pressed for a party congress this year.
Laschet said that part of the party wanted the broadest possible membership participation, while another part wanted the process to be as quick as possible. A compromise has been found for the procedure. “I think this is a good way to get the CDU to restart.” In Saarland, a new state parliament will be elected on March 27, in Schleswig-Holstein on May 8 and in North Rhine-Westphalia on May 15. The CDU is the head of government in all three countries.
Before the deliberations began, Hans said that a party congress would not come “too late” until next year. “It is not acceptable that everything is left to the coalition members of the traffic light coalition on the pressing issues that are pending at the moment. They need control. A party congress this year is ambitious, but feasible. Wüst said:” My concern is that we come to decisions quickly so that we can quickly find clarity. “Hamburg’s CDU regional chief Christoph Ploß thought it best if” we have clarified the question of who will be the new chairman by Christmas “.
The timetable approved by the federal board stipulates that applicants can be nominated from next Saturday (November 6th) until November 17th by party organizations such as district, district or state associations. This is followed by an introductory phase until December 2nd, during which the candidates can present themselves and their program. Above all, this should be done online.
The first round of the member survey should then take place by December 16 – online and by postal vote. The result of a presumably necessary runoff election should be available by January 14, as General Secretary Ziemiak explained. On 21/22 January then follows the 34th federal party conference. A minimum participation for the membership vote is not required.
This survey is not legally binding, said party leader Laschet, who was only elected CDU chairman in January. All possible candidates knew, however, “that the federal executive board expects that they will then enter into a self-commitment that the result will also be accepted”. He assumed that everyone would do this. At the party congress, only the candidate who was successful in the membership vote would then be available for election for the post of chairman.
According to Laschet, the member survey should not become a permanent instrument, but rather remain a one-time affair. “We’re not going to change the statutes.” There was “no sympathy” in the federal executive board for the dual leadership, which was also discussed. “We want to have the diversity of the party in the new federal executive committee,” he said. “But there should be a person at the top.”
So far, no leading CDU politician has registered for the party chairmanship. The former Union parliamentary group leader Friedrich Merz, the foreign politician Norbert Röttgen and the managing health minister Jens Spahn are said to have ambitions in particular. The economic politician Carsten Linnemann and Union parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus are also in discussion.
Hamburg’s CDU boss Ploß emphasized: “It is best if we can form a team.” There is great interest in bringing the different currents in the CDU together.
The deputy federal chairwoman Julia Klöckner emphasized: “We not only have questions of personnel, we also have questions of content and location.” After 16 years of government it is clear that “there is a turning point where we have to reposition ourselves”. Secretary-General Ziemiak said that we should now also talk about what renewal and a clear profile of the Union would look like. “It’s not just about people, it has to focus on content.” For example, work on a new basic program must be continued./bk/sk/DP/jha
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