November 7, 2018 / 10:58 AM / 14 days ago

Merkel to stay chancellor as long as has Bundestag majority - conservative

Chancellor Angela Merkel's protege, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, leaves a news conference to promote her candidacy to succeed the German leader as chief of their conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) in Berlin, Germany, November 7, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German conservative running to replace Angela Merkel as leader of the Christian Democrat (CDU) party, said on Wednesday that Merkel would probably remain in office as chancellor as long as she had a majority in the lower house of parliament.

“She is the elected chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany and as long as she has the majority in the Bundestag (lower house) for that, she will certainly remain that,” said Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who is CDU general-secretary.

Reporting by Michelle Martin and Madeline Chambers

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