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Turkey congratulates new German ruling party head

59-year-old Armin Laschet is known for moderate and liberal views

Berk Ozkan   | 30.01.2021
Turkey congratulates new German ruling party head

ISTANBUL

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.

The CDU's annual party congress was held online due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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