The conservatives of the Federal Republic of Germany will have to decide who will head the CDU-CSU bloc in the elections: Zeder or his rival Armin Laschet
Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Seder Sunday proposed himself as a conservative candidate for chancellor in the September elections, saying he would soon settle the matter with his rival, the head of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).
Seder, who heads the Christian Social Union (CSU), and the head of the CDU, Armin Lashet, are increasingly being asked to decide which of them will represent the bipartisan bloc in the September 26 elections and will become a candidate to succeed Angela Merkel.
“I had a long conversation with Markus Zeder. We have announced our readiness to run for the post of chancellor, ”Laschet said at a joint press conference.
Laschet lags behind Zeder in opinion polls, but as the leader of the larger party, the CDU, he enjoys the support of the heads of government of some powerful states.
With the September elections approaching, Conservatives are pushing for a candidacy decision to end speculation that highlights divisions.
Laschet said that the next step will be taken on Monday when the CDU and CSU committees will meet, but did not name the timeframe for the decision.
“We want to win the autumn elections – this is the main goal. Now we are thinking about the best arrangement, ”Zeder said.
“There is great hope that a joint decision will be made sooner rather than later,” he added, stressing that the two rivals agreed to show respect to each other.