German Prime Minister Markus Soeder is a candidate for leadership of the conservative CSU party. The announcement was made on Sunday, competing for the position held by current Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, the Reuters news agency reveals on Sunday.
After a careful analysis and according to the wishes of many members, I am ready to serve my party. That's why I'm running for the CSU party leader, "Markus Soeder told the German news agency DPA.
Horst Seehofer, announced last Monday that he will step down after 10 years as head of the Bavarian regional party for the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), chancellor Angela Merkel, but will continue as Interior Minister.
The decision by the Home Secretary comes following Merkel's statement that his fourth term as chancellor will be the last, leaving the post of leader of Christian Democrats (CDU). Markus Soeder, a long-time rival in Bavaria, was the most likely name to take on the leadership role after the CSU suffered a heavy defeat in the Bavarian regional elections last October.
Manfred Weber, a member of the CSU and leading candidate of the European People's Party (EPP) in the European Parliament elections in May 2019, has assumed that he will not run for office to focus on his European campaign.
The CSU is expected to elect the new leader at a party congress on January 19, 2019.