Merkel won't seek a 5th term as German chancellor

AFP | German Chancellor Angela Merkel leads a grand coalition that is increasingly fragile

German chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partner, the centre-left SPD party, has said it might quit government after another drubbing in a regional election.

"Angela Merkel knows quite clearly that she is living through the last months or through the past year of her chancellorship", Werner Patzelt, a politics professor at the Technical University in Dresden, told NBC News.

Mrs Merkel has been CDU chairwoman since 2000 and has been German Chancellor for 13 years.

National news agency DPA said she planned to remain chancellor even as she gives up the top party job.

The ARD exit poll showed only 13 percent of CDU voters believed Merkel had helped the party in Hesse, down from 70 percent at the last state election, reflecting voter anger at her decision in 2015 to welcome nearly one million, mainly Muslim asylum seekers.

A new CDU chair will be elected at the upcoming party conference in December, Deutsche Welle said.

Losing ground to their non-mainstream rivals in a series of recent elections, including Local votes in Hesse and Bavaria and the national election a year ago has been viewed as unacceptable by many in a nation which has until recently instinctively tied itself to the centre ground.

Coming on the heels of an electoral setback for the governing coalition in Bavaria earlier this month, the trouncing in Hesse, which saw the Greens the biggest beneficiary, is prompting questions about whether this defeat will ultimately spell the end of Angela Merkel.

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Others complained of trekkers smoking marijuana or warned that images of litter and uneaten food made them appear disrespectful. Many in the caravan have been on the road for more than two weeks, since the group first formed in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

"Merkel chose not to use barbed wire, clubs, water cannon, machine guns and tanks to chase away thousands of desperate refugees on the German border", wrote her friend, the singer-songwriter Wolf Biermann. Merkel will now concentrate her energy on keeping her government going until 2021, something that still remains uncertain.

She said she hopes to open the way for "new success for the CDU" by letting it prepare for her departure as chancellor, and she won't interfere with the choice of a successor.

The current parliamentary term is due to end in 2021.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, 56, probably has the best chance of becoming the next CDU leader after Ms Merkel herself decided in February to name her as party secretary general - a move seen as a succession plan.

Observers see Merkel decision as a further sign of her dwindling political power. According to exit polls and projections from the provisional stages of the count, the Social Democrats are expected to lose as much as 11 percent from their previous total, and secure around 20 percent of the vote. Nahles' comments show the SPD will put more pressure on the conservatives to deliver policy results for the center-left party.

There was widespread pre-election speculation that a disastrous result for either or both parties could further destabilize the national government, prompting calls for the Social Democrats to walk out and possibly endangering Merkel's own position.

The unstable government nearly collapsed twice over the summer, notably when Merkel restrained hardline Interior Minister Horst Seehofer's attempts to toughen up migrant policy. "I will not run for the German Bundestag any more, and I do not want any other political office".

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