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Germany Angela Merkel re-elected as party leader

  • Germany's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) re-elected Angela Merkel as party leader on Tuesday by a record margin as she prepares to run for a third term as chancellor.

    Merkel was returned unopposed as CDU chairwoman with 97.9 percent of votes from delegates who applauded her for nearly eight minutes after she praised Germany's economic resilience in the face of the euro zone crisis and pledged to fight for further job creation and prosperity.

    The margin was her best since she became CDU leader 12 years ago and the highest since her political mentor Helmut Kohl won by over 99 percent in 1975.

    The congress was held in Hanover, capital of Lower Saxony, where an election to the state legislature is due to take place next month and could determine the tone for the federal vote.