German CDU top brass back Laschet as chancellor candidate: party sources

Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU) news conference in Berlin

BERLIN (Reuters) – The executive committee of Germany’s Christian Democrats (CDU) backed party chairman Armin Laschet on Monday as the conservative bloc’s candidate for chancellor at federal elections in September, party sources said.

Committee members attested to Laschet’s “ability to bring opinions together, to develop a stance and to represent it consistently”, the sources said.

(Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Maria Sheahan)

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