German Chancellor Angela Merkel waits in front of photographers and cameramen ahead of a meeting with EU leaders and the US President at the Chancellery on Nov. 18, 2016 in Berlin. / AFP / TOBIAS SCHWARZ
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Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold a news conference Sunday evening, her conservative Christian Democratic (CDU) party said Friday, with the German leader widely expected to announce her decision to run for a fourth term.U.S. President Barack Obama told a joint news conference with Merkel Thursday that Merkel faced "big burdens" if she chose to continue, but called her an "outstanding" and "tough" leader who had mastered previous challenges.Named Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2015, Merkel has built a strong reputation internationally but seen her conservatives lose support at home, hurt by her decision to let some 900,000 migrants into Germany last year.By running again, Merkel gives herself a chance of matching the 16 years in office notched up by her mentor, former Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
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