Angela Merkel To Run For Fourth Term As German Chancellor


Berlin: German news agency dpa says Angela Merkel will seek a fourth term as Germany’s chancellor in general elections next year.

Dpa, citing sources at the Berlin headquarters of Merkel’s Christian Democrat party, reported on Sunday that she would seek re-election.

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If Merkel wins in 2017 and serves the entire four-year term, she would match her one-time mentor Helmut Kohl’s post-war record of 16 years in office.

The 62-year-old became Germany’s first female head of government in 2005. She also is the first leader of a reunited Germany to have grown up under communism in the former East Germany.