The German parliament holds an extraordinary session on Wednesday in which Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, sworn in as defense minister in the country.

The German parliament (Bundestag) called for the meeting, which will not take place in the main Reichstag building due to maintenance work.

Kramp-Karrenbauer, who succeeded Chancellor Angela Merkel as president of the Christian Democratic Party, is the defense minister to succeed Ursula von der Lyayen, who was elected president of the European Commission earlier this month.

Her appointment was controversial because she had previously said she might give up a position in Merkel’s government to focus on her role in leading the conservative bloc of the Christian Democratic Party and its Bavarian ally, the Christian Social Party.

Kramp-Karrenbauer gave her first official address since she was appointed defense minister last week during an occasion to commemorate the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler by military personnel, including Klaus von Stauffenberg.

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