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German Chancellor Merkel to stand for fourth term

Published: 20 November 2016 Sunday, 07:59  PM

German Chancellor Merkel to stand for fourth term

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she will stand for re-election next year, party sources tell dpa.

Germans have been waiting for months for clarity on whether Merkel - who has been in power since 2005 - will run for a fourth term in September 2017 elections.

The 62-year-old Christian Democrat (CDU) leader has faced a number of difficulties in recent months, from criticism of her handling of the migration crisis to falling support amid a rise in right-wing populist sentiment.

On announcing her candidacy to CDU insiders in Berlin, Merkel also said she will stand again as leader of the centre-right party, dpa has learned.

An official statement is expected from Merkel at 7 pm (1800 GMT).