The breaking news just emerged that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced her shocking resignation as the Christian Democrat Union (CDU) party’s leader. The German media broke the story that Merkel will be giving up her leadership position after 18 years.
According to CNN, Merkel made the announcement during a meeting with officials. She revealed that she will not be seeking re-election. However, she did say that she still wanted to remain as chancellor.
CNN noted that this move is an indicator of her own lack of power within her party. They also reported that both the CDU and the Social Democratic Party experienced losses in the regional election that took place over the weekend.
Senior International Correspondent Fred Pleitgen said that while this decision may not affect Merkel’s short-term leadership position, it could be the “beginning of the end” for her Chancellorship. BBC reported that Merkel will most likely conclude her Chancellorship at the end of her term in 2021.
Merkel had previously listed potential candidates to take over the leadership within the CDU. Some of the names listed were Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Ralph Brinkhaus, Health Minister Jens Spahn, and four CDU state premiers.
What do you think about Merkel’s announcement? Do you think that this is a sign of her Chancellorship coming to an end? We will continue to update as more information is revealed. In other recent news, 20 are dead and 33 injured after a middle school bus was swept away by heavy rains. Please keep everyone in your prayers.