German Agriculture Minister Horst Seehofer has been appointed premier of the state of Bavaria.
He was appointed by the regional parliament in Munich by an overwhelming majority.
The 59 year-old Seehofer has handed in his resignation as agriculture minister in the federal government to Chancellor Angela Merkel in order to take up his new post.
His appointment as state premier comes just days after his election by party delegates as head of the CSU. The CSU is the sister party in Bavaria of Merkel’s governing Christian Democratic Union.
Seehofer promised delegates at a party congress in Munich on Saturday that he would exert pressure on Merkel, who is blamed by some for a recent election setback.
He replaces former state premier Günter Beckstein who resigned at the end of September after the party lost its absolute majority in Bavaria that it had held for 46 years.
The CSU has given the green light for a coalition with the liberal FDP party to form a government in Bavaria, the wealthiest region in Germany.