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Germany: Merkel won’t seek reelection

 |  October 29, 2018

According to a report from The New York Times, Angela Merkel will not seek re-election as Germany’s chancellor when her term of office ends in 2021.

The announcement came as the premier met with the senior leadership of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party following heavy losses in regional elections in the state of Hesse. According to The New York Times, it had been widely assumed in Germany that the current Bundestag term, which began in 2017, would be Ms Merkel’s last, but there had been no official confirmation of this until now. The leader told a news conference in Berlin it was “time for a new chapter” in German politics.

The conservatives will hold a two-day party conference starting on December 6 in Hamburg, where they are due to elect a new executive board and leader. Ms. Merkel had repeatedly said that she would run again for the position, but she reversed that stand on Monday, October 29, telling board members that she would step down.

Full Content: New York Times

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