News from Germany: Half of Germans against Merkel staying for fourth term in office - poll

18:24 Aug. 28, 2016

Half of Germans against Merkel staying for fourth term in office - poll

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference in Berlin, July 28, 2016 (AP Photo)

Merkel has been Chancellor of Germany since 2005

Half of Germans - 50% - would not like to see Angela Merkel stay on for another term at the helm of Germany (after the 2017 elections), reports Deutsche Welle.

This conclusion stems from the poll conducted by Emnid Institute, commissioned by Bild am Sonntag and published on Sunday, 28 August.

42% of respondents say they would like the Chancellor to remain in office next year.

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Her candidacy is backed by 70% of respondents among those supporting the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) headed by Merkel, though 22% of CDU's supporters oppose a fourth term in office for her.

Merkel has been the Chancellor of Germany since 2005, and the leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000.

Der Spiegel reported on August 27, Merkel will decide if she will run for Germany's Chancellor in early 2017. Her decision will depend on CSU's decision to support her again.

Earlier, Deutsche Welle wrote that 64% of Germans would not like to see Angela Merkel see her at the helm of Germany after the 2017 elections.

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