German Chancellor Merkel says she's seeking a fourth term

BERLIN - Angela Merkel, who has steered Germany through several global crises as its first woman leader, says she will seek a fourth term as Germany's chancellor in general elections next year.

Speaking after a meeting with high-ranking members of her center-right party, Merkel told reporters Sunday night that "I literally thought about this decision endlessly ... but I am ready to run for office again."

If the 62-year-old Merkel wins next year and serves the entire four-year term, she would match her one-time mentor Helmut Kohl's post-war record of 16 years in office.

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