Merkel to announce bid for fourth term

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BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel was expected to announce her bid for re-election Sunday in a move likely to be welcomed in many capitals as a sign of stability following shock poll triumphs for Brexit and Donald Trump. After months of feverish speculation about her plans, Merkel was due to hold a news conference during a meeting of her conservative Christian Democrats and say she will seek a fourth term in the 2017 elections. Merkel, 62, has governed Europe’s top economic power, which does not have term limits, since 2005. Another full four-year term, which pollsters say is likely, would tie the post-war record set by her mentor Helmut Kohl, who presided over the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall. The head of the German Council on Foreign Relations, Daniela Schwarzer, said Merkel’s sense of duty had likely shaped her decision.

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