CDU summit postpones party conference to elect president next year
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In view of the dramatic numbers of the corona infection, the CDU leadership is postponing the party’s conference planned for December 4 in Stuttgart to elect a president next year. Ideally, the party’s congress should take place in the new year with attendance.
DIn view of the corona situation, the CDU canceled its federal CDU party conference planned for December 4 in Stuttgart. Instead, the federal executive committee must decide on legal options for a digital party congress on December 14, CDU Secretary General Paul Ziemiak said on Monday after the presidium and executive committee meetings federal. For that, however, a constitutional amendment is likely to be necessary. “There is an agreement that a face-to-face conference would be the best option,” added Ziemiak. If this is possible, it must be decided at the CDU board meeting in mid-January. A digital party congress with subsequent postal voting is also conceivable.
On Sunday night, a meeting of the party president with candidates Armin Laschet, Friedrich Merz and Norbert Röttgen was interrupted after five hours to no avail.
According to the participants, Laschet asked that the party’s congress be postponed until spring, even a date in May is conceivable. Merz, on the other hand, wanted the decision as early as December 4 and relied on his concept of a decentralized party congress in a dozen locations that Secretary-General Paul Ziemiak had developed.
A compromise solution
Kramp-Karrenbauer sees his proposal as a compromise: there is a postponement, but in the case of a new critical pandemic situation, the decision will be taken digitally from January.
Friedrich Merz reiterated in the meantime Twitter its position that the CDU will have to clarify the leadership issue this year. In his opinion, a digital party conference on December 4 is as possible as a decision on the president by correspondence.
In WELT AM SONNTAG, Armin Laschet spoke in favor of postponing the party’s congress. The parties should be a role model. What they expect from citizens, they should do themselves: reduce contacts whenever possible. “This party congress is not absolutely necessary now, it can be postponed. We must now concentrate all our strength, energy and efforts on fighting the pandemic, ”said the Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia.