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Speculation Grows Over Merkel’s Re-Election Plans in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — Speculation is growing that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will seek a fourth term in general elections next year.

Merkel refused to comment on the possibility during a press conference with U.S. President Barack Obama last week. She said she would announce her plans when the time was right.

However, the 62-year-old chancellor is expected to talk about a possible candidacy during a Sunday night news conference at the Berlin headquarters of her political party, the Christian Democrats.

German chancellor Angela Merkel, third left, attends a meeting with US president Barack Obama, left, French president, Francois Hollande, third right, Spain'...

German chancellor Angela Merkel, third left, attends a meeting with US president Barack Obama and other EU leaders at the chancellary in Berlin, Friday Nov.18, 2016. (Kay Nietfeld/Pool Photo via AP)

Merkel became Germany’s first female head of government in 2005.

She also is the first leader of a reunited Germany to have grown up under communism in the former East Germany.

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