German Chancellor Angela Merkel has confirmed that she plans to resign as leader of her conservative party after 18 years, but says she will remain the German Chancellor for the rest of the current term. The unexpected announcement comes after two debacles in the state elections for the "grand coalition" of the federal government.
Merkel seems ready to launch an orderly transition amid signs that her authority is eroding. Her new government, which took office in March, has become notorious for internal struggles. Voters punished the ruling parties in state elections on Sunday in Hesse and two weeks ago in Bavaria.
The German chancellor said that she sees " more opportunities than risks" in her plan to leave the leadership of her party. Merkel said, ultimately, she is responsible for the bad start of her government in the fourth term and that there must be changes. It is "time to start a new chapter," she added.
According to her, in 18 years as the head of the party and almost 13 years as the head of the Government, she always assumed the responsibility “on what goes well and what goes wrong". She said, “I always wanted to start with dignity and leave with dignity".