Turkey congratulates new German ruling party head
59-year-old Armin Laschet is known for moderate and liberal views
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday congratulated the new leader of Germany’s ruling party.
In a phone call, Erdogan said he believed Armin Laschet, head of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), will continue Germany's positive relations with Turkey, according to a statement from Turkey’s Communications Directorate.
Erdogan noted that Turkey has strong economic ties with Germany, which is the largest trade partner of Turkey.
The conservative-liberal politician, widely seen as German Chancellor Angela Merkel's favorite for the top seat, received 521 of 992 votes.
Laschet narrowly defeated his rival Friedrich Merz, a conservative hardliner, in a run-off vote.
The 59-year-old politician is also the premier of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state.
Known for his moderate and liberal views, Laschet is generally considered a follower of Merkel's centrist line.
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