Huber Elected as German Coalition Party Chief
2007-09-30 09:37:05 [ Big Normal Small ]     Comment
Bavarian economy minister Erwin Huber was elected on Saturday as the new chief of the Christian Social Union (CSU), German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian ally party.

Huber received 58 percent of the 959 eligible votes at a party conference in Munich on Saturday, ending the eight-year tenure of Edmund Stoiber, who's also quitting as state prime minister.

The party also nominated Bavarian Interior Minister Guenther Beckstein to take over as premier of Bavaria, Germany's largest state.

The election brings to an end almost a year of discord in the party, the smallest partner in Merkel's national coalition.

CSU members began a campaign to oust Stoiber, 66, as polls showed the party risked losing the overall majority it has held for 25 years in the Bavarian parliament if he stayed on as its No. 1 candidate in the state election set for next year.

Huber, 61, has held various posts in the CSU state government for 13 years, including the positions of finance minister and Stoiber's chief of staff.

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