Düsseldorf (dpa / lnw) - The North Rhine-Westphalian CDU only wants to decide on the successor to state party leader Armin Laschet after the federal election.

The state board decided in a digital meeting on Monday evening that a party congress with corresponding board elections would not be convened until October 23.

The German CDU regional association with the largest number of members has not yet made a personnel proposal.

The scheduling of the state party conference was controversial in advance.

Laschet, who is at the same time Prime Minister, CDU Bundeschef and recently also candidate for Chancellor of the Union, said last week to the “FAZ”: “Many want to decide on the leadership of the party at a party congress after the general election as soon as the pandemic situation allows . "

Other Christian Democrats, on the other hand, had warned of a hanging game with a power vacuum and had advocated a quick fresh start.

Since Laschet has already decided that he wants to stay in Berlin even if the federal election fails, the CDU not only needs a new state party leader, but also an interim prime minister after the federal elections until the NRW state elections in May 2022.


NRW Transport Minister Hendrik Wüst is considered the most promising candidate for both positions.

However, the 45-year-old is not undisputed in the party.

High internal party authority and good chances for the executive chair in the NRW CDU are also attributed to NRW Interior Minister Herbert Reul (68).

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