‘Laschet submits resignation as state prime minister, becomes MP’

German CDU politician Armin Laschet files his resignation as prime minister of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Monday, writes the German news agency DPA. If he has done so, he can be sworn in as a representative of parliament in Berlin on Tuesday.

Laschet was actually hoping to become Germany‘s new Chancellor, the successor to Angela Merkel. But the Union, as CDU and CSU are called together, reached 24.1 percent of the vote in the Bundestag elections, the worst nationwide result in the party’s history.

Coalition

Earlier this month, Laschet said that the party had to be reformed, hinting at his own departure. The new state leader of the CDU will be nominated Wednesday. DPA writes that according to current plans, Minister Hendrik Wรผst of Transport will take over the baton.

Meanwhile, the coalition negotiations between the Social Democratic SPD, the Greens and the Liberal FDP have begun. If negotiations succeed, Social Democrat Olaf Scholz will succeed Angela Merkel as Chancellor after 16 years.