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Rightwinger leads race to succeed Angela Merkel as party chair

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Two separate polls have suggested that Friedrich Merz, a rightwinger with a longstanding grudge against Angela Merkel, is emerging as the frontrunner to succeed her as party leader, potentially accelerating her departure as chancellor.

Merkel said on Monday she would stand down in December after 18 years at the helm of the ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and not run again as chancellor in the federal elections due in 2021, unleashing a fierce battle for her succession.

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