German Chancellor Angela Merkel to pursue 4th term

Angela Merkel
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel will formally announce on Sunday her decision to run for a fourth term in office. She indicated her intentions at a smaller meeting of leaders from her conservative party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

Merkel, 62, has governed Germany since 2005 and remains popular despite gains by the populist Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party in recent elections. Some 55 percent of Germans currently say they will vote for her.

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