Two leading German conservative figures, Peter Altmaier and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, will leave parliament, they announced on Saturday.
in a cheepKramp-Karrenbauer said her Christian Democratic Union must “position itself for the future” and she and Altmaier wanted to “contribute to this by resigning our mandates in the Bundestag.” Both represented the state of Saarland.
The CDU and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union, finished second in last month’s German elections, behind the Social Democrats.
Thursday, Armin Laschet, the leader of the CDU, indicated that he would resign.
Altmaier was finance minister in the last government of Angela Merkel and had held numerous high-level positions in the party and the government.
Kramp-Karrenbauer was the leader of the CDU and was seen as Merkel’s successor before leaving that post and becoming Merkel’s defense minister.
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