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The Guardian reported "Germany's CDU party to vote on Angela Merkel's successor" on Friday

[] The longest-serving head of the party was Helmut Kohl, who held the post between 1973 and 1998 At the series of rallies staged across the country ahead of the vote, Merz consistently received the warmest support He was constantly flanked by a team of aides and PR advisers, in contrast to his two far more accessible opponents Party delegates will choose between general secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, businessman Friedrich Merz and health minister Jens Spahn

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