Chan­cel­lor Merkel to seek fourth term

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

BER­LIN (AP): AN­GELA MERKEL will seek a fourth term as Ger­many’s chan­cel­lor in gen­eral elec­tions next year, the Ger­man news agency dpa re­ported Sun­day.

Dpa, cit­ing sources at the Ber­lin head­quar­ters of Merkel’s Chris­tian Demo­crat party, re­ported that the 62year-old chan­cel­lor will also run to be re-elected as the party’s chair­woman when it holds its na­tional con­ven­tion next month.

Merkel was ex­pected to de­clare her can­di­dacy for chan­cel­lor at a press con­fer­ence at the party’s head­quar­ters on Sun­day.

A physi­cist by train­ing, Merkel be­came Ger­many’s first fe­male head of govern­ment in 2005. She is also the first leader of a re­united Ger­many to have grown up un­der com­mu­nism in the for­mer East Ger­many.

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

Re­peat­edly named ‘The World’s Most Pow­er­ful Woman’ by Forbes mag­a­zine, Merkel also has been sug­gested by some as the last pow­er­ful de­fender of lib­eral val­ues in the West fol­low­ing Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion as the next US pres­i­dent.

Nearly 60 per cent of Ger­mans sur­veyed in a re­cent poll said they wanted Merkel to run for of­fice again, said Man­fred Guell­ner, the head of the Forsa polling agency.

“In these dif­fi­cult times, Merkel is a pil­lar of sta­bil­ity,” Guell­ner told The As­so­ci­ated Press. “Peo­ple have the feel­ing she rep­re­sents Ger­man in­ter­ests well abroad.”

While she’s never been de­scribed as a vi­sion­ary or earned much praise for stir­ring speeches, Merkel has won re­spect for be­ing tough, shrewd and doggedly tack­ling prob­lems.


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