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Angela Merkel announces she will step down as German chancellor in 2021


Angela Merkel will not seek re-election as Germany's chancellor when her term of office ends in 2021, she has confirmed, in a surprise address at her party headquarters on Monday.

The shock announcement comes as the premier met with the senior leadership of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party following heavy losses in regional elections in the state of Hesse.

It has been widely assumed in Germany that the current Bundestag term, which began in 2017, would be Ms Merkel's last, but there had been no official confirmation of this until now. The leader told a news conference in Berlin it was "time for a new chapter" in German politics.