German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a High Level Conference on the Sahel in Brussels, Belgium February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Olivier Hoslet/Pool
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has shown her conservative party that she's still very much in charge and keen to shape its future, installing a close ally who's popular in her own right in a top party post following weeks of muttering over a difficult coalition deal.A congress of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union is expected to elect Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer Monday as the party's general secretary, a week after the chancellor unveiled her surprise choice. The general secretary, a position that was Merkel's own stepping stone to the party leadership back in 2000, is responsible for day-to-day operations, election campaigns and generally making the party's voice heard in a crowded political landscape.Kramp-Karrenbauer says one of her main jobs will be to rework the party's program, though broadly in line with Merkel's emphasis on the center ground.
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