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German Chancellor Angela Merkel Said She Would Not Run For A Fifth Term

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on June 4 issued a clear statement that she will not run for another term when the current fourth term ends at the end of next year.

In an interview on ZDF on the related information mentioned above, especially in the context of the crisis caused by COVID-19 epidemic, the Prime Minister Merkel said she was "completely" and "certainly" does not intend to run for Prime Minister Position for the fifth term next year. 

The statement was issued by the German leader to reaffirm the previous position saying that she will withdraw from politics after this fourth term. Earlier, in a public comment, Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer created public speculation by mentioning the possibility that Merkel could run for the fifth term of prime minister, and said he also heard a lot about such ideas.

Regarding the COVID-19 epidemic, the German Government's crisis management policy has been widely supported by the public. According to the latest survey of ARD TV channel, 62% of the respondents expressed their satisfaction or were very satisfied with the disease treatment measures of the German Government. 

Personally, the most favorite politician in the Cabinet is Prime Minister Merkel when she received 71% of those who expressed satisfaction or very satisfaction - the highest level of support for Merkel since January 2015. In second place are Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (60%), Finance Minister Jens Spahn (57%) and Economy Minister Peter Altmaier (51%).

According to the plan, the Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU) will elect a new party leader by the end of this year, who is expected to be the successor to Merkel in the general election next fall. 

There are a number of possible candidates to become CDU leaders, including Mr. Friedrich Merz - former chairman of the conservative inter-party party in the Federal Parliament and Mr. Armin Laschet - Head of the Nordrhein-Westfalen state. 

Meanwhile, incumbent Chairman of the Christian Social Union Party (CSU) Markus Söder could also be a surprise factor in the race to win the German Chancellor seat next year.

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