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German conservatives won't nominate Merkel successor before December - RND

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the weekly cabinet meeting, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Berlin, Germany, May 13, 2020. Kay Nietfeld/Pool via REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s Christian Democrats will not hold an extraordinary party congress to choose their candidate to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel before December, the RND media group reported on Friday.

Outgoing party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told party members in a message seen by RND that due to the coronavirus crisis it would be impossible to hold a party meeting before the annual congress planned for December.

“Despite corona our aim remains the one we set ourselves at the beginning of this year,” she wrote. “We want by the end of the year to be ready in terms of personnel, organisation and manifesto to successfully fight the next elections.”

Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Paul Carrel