STOIBER BRIEFS THE MEDIA IN MAGDEBURG.
Edmund Stoiber, chairman of Bavaria's Christian Social Union party
(CSU) briefs the media prior to a board meeting together with the CSU's
sister party Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) in 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.
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