Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Angela Merkel to step down as German chancellor in 2021

Angela Merkel to step down as German chancellor in 2021

But by giving up the CDU leadership she has effectively put an end date on her time in power, as the party will expect to fight the next election under its new leader.

Merkel now governs Germany in a "grand coalition" of the country's biggest parties - the CDU, its Bavaria-only sister, the Christian Social Union, and the Social Democrats.

Dubbed a "mini-Merkel" by German media due to her rational approach to politics, she was premier of the tiny state of Saarland on the French border from 2011 to 2018.

Her decision comes after her party suffered heavy losses in regional elections that threatened the stability of the governing coalition.

"If this government were to break apart now, it would come down to early elections", CDU general secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said this week.

She said that she's known since the summer break that she no longer wanted to be the CDU chairman and that during the party's conference in December she will not run again for the position.

At the weekend, the CDU performed poorly in the elections in the central German state of Hesse.

Nahles said on Sunday she would propose a roadmap to allow the SPD to measure the progress of the ruling coalition, which has been plagued by infighting, at a mid-term review next year.

Merkel's coalition was twice on the brink of collapse, once over immigration policy and then over a dispute about the fate of the domestic intelligence chief who was accused of harbouring far-right views. The Social Democrats, who are part of her government's coalition, were also down in this last election.

A Lion Air Passenger Plane Has Gone Missing
Workers of Indonesian oil giant Pertamina examine recovered debris of what is believed from the crashed Lion Air flight JT610. Only one month prior, a plane operated by Batik Air, which is a part of the Lion Group, clipped a TransNusa plane.

Delhi's Air Quality Falls, Inches Closer To "Severe" Category
The PM2.5 (presence of particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres) was recorded at 179. Now all eyes now are on Diwali when the pollution levels will increase even further.

Shale gas fracking suspended in United Kingdom following an quake
I think there is a potential chance we could reach a category 3, and if that happens we will definitely feel it on the surface. But the exploration company said "micro seismic" events like this do not cause any damage and can not be felt at ground level.

She intends to remain as chancellor until 2021, until the parliamentary term runs out, the Associated Press cited her saying.

Merkel said she won't seek to return as her party's leader when the CDU meets in December - setting off speculation over who in her party might try to replace her.

Angela Merkel told party top brass her mandate running to 2021 will be "her last term", a party source said.

On Monday, Merkel announced that she would be stepping down as both chancellor and as head of the Christian Democratic Union.

The euro fell as reports of Ms Merkel's decision emerged. We are now in the European Parliament, in the national parliament, the Bundestag, and in all sixteen state parliaments; that's a historic victory; we are gaining movement, and more and more people are waking up and understanding that we are a conservative and patriotic movement and party; they are honoring that, and we win voters by the month.

Merkel also announced on Monday that she would stand down from the chairmanship of her center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party after 18 years in the post.

In Hesse, where Merkel's CDU rule with the ecologist Greens, the two biggest winners were the Greens and the far-right Alternative for Germany.

The paper added: "Many former CDU and SPD voters did not vote this time, while all other parties were able to mobilize former non-voters on a small scale".

Like this: