Angela Merkel will step down as German chancellor when her mandate ends in 2021, a party source told AFP Monday.
This comes in the wake of a series of political crises and regional vote setbacks rocking her fragile coalition.
She told party top brass her mandate running to 2021 will be “her last term”, a party source said, adding that she has no plans to seek a post in the European Commission following that despite speculation to that effect in Brussels.
Mrs Merkel has been chair of the CDU since 2000, becoming one of its longest-serving chairpersons.
Often referred to as the most powerful woman in the world, Merkel has also led Germany as chancellor since 2005, and news of her decision could spark a race within the CDU to find her successor as chancellor.
The position is usually determined in Germany’s federal elections, the next of which are provisionally scheduled for 2021.