Won't seek re-election as German Chancellor: Angela Merkel

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 29, 2018 22:01 hrs

[Germany], Oct 29 (ANI): German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday announced that she would not seek re-election when her term expires in 2021. 

Merkel, who has been Chancellor since 2005, made the announcement during a news conference in Berlin. 

"It is time today for me to start a new chapter. This fourth term is my last term as Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. In the next Bundestag election in 2021, I will not run again as Chancellor. I will not run for the German Bundestag any more, and I do not want any other political office," CNN quoted Merkel, as saying.  

Earlier in the day, Merkel had announced that she would step down as the leader of her centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party after 18 long years.  (ANI)