Merkel to give up CDU chair after 18 years: Party source

AFP , Monday 29 Oct 2018

File Photo: German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel makes a closing statement during the second day of the CDU party congress in Karlsruhe, Germany December 15, 2015. (Reuters)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not stand again as leader of her centre-right CDU, a party source told AFP Monday, making way after 18 years for a successor following a series of regional vote defeats.

"She will not stand again for the chairmanship of her party," said the source within the Christian Democratic Union, a day after voters in the Hesse state punished her party in a regional poll.

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