Merkel: I am staying out of conservative race to succeed me

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a statement in Berlin, on April 13, 2021 amid the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: AFP)
BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday she was keeping out of a debate in her conservative bloc over whether Christian Democrat party chairman Armin Laschet or Bavarian premier Markus Soeder should be the candidate to succeed her.اضافة اعلان

"I wanted to, want to and will stay out of it," Merkel told reporters when asked if she feared the struggle between Laschet and Soeder could damage their conservative alliance so much that they lose the chancellery after a September 26 federal election.