Germany's Merkel prepares to give up party job

Merkel Faces Test of Her Authority in German Regional Vote

News agency DPA cited unnamed sources within Germany's ruling party on Monday morning that Dr Merkel, who has led the CDU since 2000 and has been Chancellor since 2005, would be stepping down in December in time for party conference.

BERLIN-Germany's governing parties lost significant support in a state election Sunday that was marked by discontent with infighting in Chancellor Angela Merkel's national government and prompted calls for her administration to get its act together quickly.

It is still unclear what this means for Merkel's leadership.

The CDU has ruled Hesse for the last 19 years and just won the election at the weekend.

Ms Nahles is also feeling the heat from party members still disgruntled with her decision to join Ms Merkel instead of fulfilling an election promise to sit in opposition if they fail to win the federal vote.

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The embattled leader of the SDP, Andrea Nahles, has given Merkel an ultimatum to produce the kind of policy results within a year that would start bringing back voters, threatening otherwise to end the alliance.

Volker Bouffier, lead candidate for the German Christian Democrats (CDU), fills in his ballot paper in Hesse state elections on October 28, 2018 in Giessen, Germany. Confirming polls' predictions, the far-right party, buoyed by a backlash against the arrival of more than 1 million refugees in Germany after 2015, is poised to enter the Hesse parliament, the last of Germany's 16 state parliaments from which it was absent.

Political analysts in Germany have wondered whether Merkel might not serve out a full term if she's not leading her own party - a pairing that Merkel herself has said is crucial to being an effective chancellor.

Projections for ARD and ZDF public television, based on exit polls and partial counting, gave the CDU 27-28 per cent support and the centre-left Social Democrats almost 20 per cent.

Ms Merkel had previously indicated that she planned to seek another two-year term as the CDU leader at a party congress in December.

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Currently Merkel's contender is CDU party secretary general Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. "The state of the government is unacceptable".

Her term as Chancellor was expected to run until 2021. In the past Merkel has always said that the position of chancellor and the head of the party should be held by one person. "Angela Merkel knows best what to do, and now she has decided".

In the turbulent times of Trump, Brexit and multiple global crises, Merkel came to be hailed overseas as the new "leader of the free world", a label she was quick to reject as "absurd".

Merkel's coalition was twice on the brink of collapse, once over immigration policy and then over a dispute about the fate of the domestic intelligence chief who was accused of harbouring far-right views.

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