Erstwhile Merkel rival Merz joins CDU party leadership race

BERLIN, Feb 25 (Reuters) – German conservative Friedrich Merz, an erstwhile rival of Chancellor Angela Merkel, confirmed on Tuesday that he will run for the leadership of her Christian Democrats (CDU) at a party congress on April 25.

“After careful consideration, I have decided to run again for the post of party chairman at this party congress,” Merz told a news conference in Berlin.

“This decision is a decision about direction for the CDU,” he added. “It is not a break with the past but a start and a renewal for the future. The CDU must now look ahead.” (Writing by Paul Carrel Editing by Michelle Martin)

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