German Chancellor Angela Merkel to step down in 2021

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to step down at the end of her present term of office in 2021.

Punch reports that a party source confirmed the news to AFP, saying “She will not stand again for the chairmanship of her party.”

This is coming a day after her party, the Christian Democratic Union, and its coalition partner Social Democrats (SPD), suffered heavy losses in an election in the state of Hesse.

The coalition had suffered a similar loss two weeks earlier in Bavaria.

Angela Merkel has headed the CDU for 18 years and has been the German Chancellor since 2005.

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