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THE LOCAL GERMANY:

The popular female premier of tiny Saarland state is set to take over as secretary general of Angela Merkel’s conservative party, sources said Monday, fuelling speculation the chancellor is lining up her potential successor.

Angela Merkel on Monday tapped the popular female premier of Germany’s tiny Saarland state to take over as secretary general of her conservative party, fuelling speculation the veteran chancellor is lining up her successor.

At a joint Berlin press conference, Merkel said she was “moved” that close confidante Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, 55, would take the reins from her right-hand man Peter Tauber at “a difficult time” for their Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party.

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