German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would no longer run for the post. RIA Novosti reports.
According to Merkel, this year’s New Year’s address to the people will be her last as chancellor.
“Let me conclude with something personal: in nine months there will be elections to the Bundestag, in which I will not participate. Therefore, this is, apparently, the last time I, as Federal Chancellor, can address you with a New Year’s speech, ”she said.
In theory, Merkel can again turn to the Germans with a New Year’s speech in 2021 in case the new chancellor does not have time to take office after the elections, RIA Novosti notes. In some cases, coalition talks in Germany take several months.
Earlier, Merkel promised to be vaccinated against the coronavirus when her turn comes as part of the vaccination campaign. The Chancellor said that every day more and more people are vaccinated in the country, and more and more different age and professional groups of the population receive vaccinations. She stressed that over time, anyone will be able to supply the vaccine.
Angela Merkel was elected Federal Chancellor of Germany on November 22, 2005, becoming the first woman in this position.