Embattled CDU Leader in Thuringia to Quit to Bring Party ‘Peace’

Stefan Nicola

(Bloomberg) -- A senior Christian Democrat lawmaker who played a key role in this month’s shock vote in the eastern German state of Thuringia is stepping down from his post.

Mike Mohring will soon give up his position as the leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU in Thuringia, he said Friday on Twitter. His local chapter triggered the demise of Merkel’s embattled heir, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, by voting in line with the far-right Alternative for Germany, defying her orders.

“Our party needs peace and we have to find a common way,” Mohring said in a series of posts on the social network. “I want to make my contribution to this and will not run again at the party congress.”

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