STOIBER LEAVES A CDU BOARD MEETING IN MAGDEBURG.
Edmund Stoiber, chairman of Bavaria's Christian Social Union party
(CSU) gives an interview to the Bavarian Radio station following a
board meeting of the CSU's sister party Christian Democratic Union
party (CDU) in the eastern German city of Magdeburg January 12, 2002.
Stoiber, 60, the experienced governor of Bavaria will lead the
conservative opposition parties in their effort to defeat Chancellor
Gerhard Schroeder's of the Social Democrats in September general
elections. Stoiber won the nomination after the leader of the largest
opposition party, Angela Merkel, withdrew her bid, ending a two-way
battle over the conservatives' direction marked by intrigue and
backbiting. Merkel said she would help Stoiber run the campaign.