The new leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party is taking over Germany’s Defense Ministry, contrary to her previous insistence that she wouldn’t join the cabinet.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is to be formally appointed on Wednesday as the successor to Ursula von der Leyen, who was elected on Tuesday as the new head of the European Commission.

Kramp-Karrenbauer narrowly won the leadership of Merkel’s center-right Christian Democratic Union in December. She has concentrated so far on trying to renew the party.

She has seen her poll ratings drop sharply following several gaffes, and has struggled to raise her profile given that she lacks a seat in parliament and wasn’t a member of the government, AP said.

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