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Following historic party defeat, German leader to step down

Robert Besser
11 Oct 2021, 01:22 GMT+10

BERLIN, Germany: The leader of Germany's conservatives, Armin Laschet, who lost his opportunity to become chancellor during the recent national elections, will step down.

Laschet has called for a party congress to be held next week where a new leader will be chosen.

Laschet had been chosen to replace long-time chancellor Angela Merkel, but instead presided over the party's worst election defeat when the conservatives lost to the centre-left Social Democrats in September.

The victorious SPD party, led by Olaf Scholz, is currently negotiating with other parties to form a coalition.

Since the loss, Laschet's support within the party has been declining.

He recently was quoted as saying that he would resign as party leader, "if it works out better with other people".

However, Laschet hs also said that if the current negotiations to form a government fail, he would seek to create a a conservative-led government with the Greens and liberals.

However, an opinion poll released this week indicated that 53 percent of Germans backed an SPD-led coalition, while only 25 percent supported a conservative-run government.

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