BERLIN (Reuters) – Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, leading polls to succeed Angela Merkel as head of Germany’s Christian Democrats, said she would consider legislation to ensure better representation of women in parliament, unless her party changed its approach.
A new poll conducted for public broadcaster ARD showed 46 percent of CDU supporters backed Kramp-Karrenbauer for the post, compared to 31 percent for businessman Friedrich Merz and 12 percent for Health Minister Jens Spahn.
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Among women, support for Merz dropped to around half the level achieved by Kramp-Karrenbauer, ARD said.
The number of women CDU lawmakers fell in the 2017 elections to one-fifth of the party’s parliamentarians, and better representation of women is essential to shore up the party’s support in future elections, Kramp-Karrenbauer said.
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She told broadcaster Suedwestrundfunk (SWR) that many in the party had failed to take seriously a 1996 CDU rule reserving a third of party list candidates for women and said she would try to enforce the rule if elected leader.
She said she would also consider legal...
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