Angela Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel / AFP PHOTO / THIERRY CHARLIER

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will step aside as the country’s Chancellor at the end of her tenure in 2021, according to her party.

A party source told AFP on Monday that Merkel would resign after bouts of political crises and regional vote debacles rocking her fragile coalition.

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Merkel had told top members of the party that her mandate running to 2021 will be “her last term.”

She noted that she has no plans to vie for a post in the European Commission in spite of speculation to that effect in Brussels, Belgium.