Germany's Angela Merkel has said she will not run for chancellor in the next federal elections, as she announced her plans to step down in December as the leader of her Christian Democrats (CDU) party after 18 years.

The 64-year-old confirmed on Monday that she will continue her fourth and last term as chancellor until the 2021 polls, after which she would not contest for political positions.

Al Jazeera's Nadim Baba reports from Berlin.

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