DÜSSELDORF (dpa-AFX) – Prime Minister and Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet is to run as the top candidate of the North Rhine-Westphalian CDU in the federal election in September. The board of the NRW-CDU nominated Laschet unanimously for number one on the state list on Tuesday evening in Düsseldorf. The state representative assembly of the NRW-CDU will vote on the entire list of 75 candidates on June 5.
In second place on the state list is the current Federal Minister of Education Anja Karliczek, and in third place is Union parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus. Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn takes fourth place. CDU General Secretary Paul Zimiak, who entered the Bundestag on the list in 2017, is in sixth place.
As a rule, many direct candidates in the CDU move into the Bundestag. The NRW regional group of the CDU in the Bundestag currently has 42 members. Of these, 38 members won a direct mandate in the 2017 federal election. At that time, only four mandates were awarded via the state list. So far, the reserve list has always been drawn, it said in the CDU executive committee.
In contrast, the CDU federal chairman Laschet is not aiming for a direct mandate for his home district association Aachen I. The Aachen CDU wants to nominate the health politician and President of the North Rhine Medical Association, Rudolf Henke, as a direct candidate on Wednesday evening. Henke has been a member of the Bundestag since 2009. In the federal election on September 26th, Henke competes in the constituency of Aachen I against the Deputy Green parliamentary group leader Oliver Krischer.
It is unusual for CDU chancellor candidates not to apply for a direct mandate. Chancellor Angela Merkel for example, their constituency in Western Pomerania won for the eighth time in a row in 2017. Laschet had once won the direct mandate for the constituency of Aachen-Stadt in the 1994 federal election, but lost it again in the 1998 election.
In contrast to Laschet, the SPD and Greens Chancellor candidates, Olaf Scholz and Annalena Baerbock, run for the Bundestag election directly in one constituency – both in Potsdam.
The former Union parliamentary group leader Friedrich Merz, who was defeated by Laschet in the election for the CDU federal chairmanship, seems to be sure that he will make it directly to the Bundestag: his name is not on the state list. Merz stands for the district association of the Hochsauerlandkreis – a CDU stronghold.
“The list suggestion of the state board reflects the great diversity of personnel and programmatic breadth of our state association,” said the Secretary General of the NRW CDU, Josef Hovenjürgen. From the candidate for chancellor to many ideas for the government program of the CDU and CSU, the NRW CDU bring “heads and concepts”.
Laschet had already made it clear that he wanted to stay in Berlin regardless of the outcome of the federal election on September 26th. It is unclear who will succeed him as state party leader of the NRW CDU. This question should only be clarified at a state party conference on October 23. Since Laschet has committed himself to Berlin, the CDU also needs an interim Prime Minister after the federal election until the NRW state election in May 2022. The most promising candidate for both leadership positions in government and party is NRW Transport Minister Hendrik Wüst. / Dot / DP / hey