September 26, 2018 / 11:33 AM / a year ago

Merkel won't hold vote of confidence after ally loses senior party job

German Chancellor Angela Merkel takes part in a conference about the equal living conditions between urban and rural areas in Berlin, Germany September 26, 2018. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not hold a vote of confidence, her spokesman said on Wednesday, after her conservatives cast out long-standing ally Volker Kauder as head of the parliamentary party.

“A clear no,” Steffen Seibert told a news conference when asked if Merkel would hold a vote of confidence.

Reporting by Michelle Martin and Riham Alkousaa; Editing by Madeline Chambers

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