Merkel tells party she will seek re-election as chancellor

Sunday, 20. November 2016 15:19

German chancellor Angela Merkel told her party on Sunday that she wants to run for a fourth term next year, Agence France-Presse reported, citing sources from Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats. The chancellor is due to hold a news conference later today, when she will make her decision official.

Merkel has led the country since 2005 and, given that there are no clear successors in the party, is likely to be re-elected, analysts say. Her time in office, which has no term limits, represents "predictability and stability," the party's deputy leader Julia Kloeckner told a local newspaper, adding that Merkel stands for "moderation and centrism instead of cheap headlines." According to a poll for Bild am Sonntag newspaper, 55% of the electorate would like the chancellor to stay in office, up from 42% recorded in August.

Merkel's re-election is likely to be welcomed as a sign of stability as right-wing populist parties rose to prominence following Britain's decision to exit the European Union and the victory of Donald Trump in American presidential elections.

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