Visakhapatnam, May 25 (PTI) A fire broke out at Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd's oil refinery in the city on Tuesday afternoon but it was doused within hours and there were no casualties.

.Berlin, Germany
Armin Laschet delivers a press conference at the CDU headquarters in Berlin, Germany, Friday Jan. 22, 2021, after being elected as the new leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party. (AP/PTI Photo)

  • Angela Merkel's conservatives on Tuesday confirmed Armin Laschet's nomination as their chancellor candidate
  • With just five months to go before the September 26 election, when Merkel bows out after 16 years in power
  • Soeder said that the CDU, as "the bigger sister party" had the ultimate say in who to send into the race for Merkel's job

.Berlin, Germany
Armin Laschet is federal chairman of the CDU since January 2021. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@landnrw)

  • Several CDU board members voted 77.5% in favour of Laschet
  • Challenger Soeder of sister party CSU got 22.5% votes
  • Soeder earlier said he would accept the CDU's decision

.Berlin, Germany
Angela Merkel is stepping down after this term. (Crédit photo : AP/PTI)

  • CDU was on track to score its worst-ever results in the southwestern states
  • Both votes were being closely watched as a barometer of the national mood ahead of general elections
  • Deepening the conservatives' woes is growing public anger about a sluggish vaccination campaign, a delayed start to free rapid testing

.Berlin, Germany
Armin Laschet is the state premier of Germany's most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia.(Photo Credit:Twitter/@ArminLaschet)

  • Laschet won the delegate vote against Friedrich Merz
  • Merz had campaigned on a promise to shift away from Merkel's centrist path and steer right
  • At the opening on Friday of the two-day congress, Merkel had signalled her opposition to Merz