German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will run for a fourth four-year-term to become one of the longest-serving leaders of post-war Germany.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will run for a fourth four-year-term to become one of the longest-serving leaders of post-war Germany. Markus Schreiber

Merkel wants fourth term as German chancellor

ANGELA Merkel has announced she wants to run for a fourth term as German chancellor in next year's election, a sign of stability after Britain's vote to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as the next US president.

Despite a voter backlash over her open-door migrant policy, the 62-year old conservative said she would stand again in the September election, ending months of speculation over her decision.

About 55% of Germans want Ms Merkel, Germany's eighth chancellor since the Second World War, to serve a fourth term, with 39% against, an Emnid poll showed on Sunday.

Her decision last year to open Germany's borders to around 900,000 asylum seekers and migrants, mostly from war zones in the Middle East, angered many voters at home and hit her personal ratings.


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