Merkel moves to second place among long-time German leaders

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to become the country’s second-longest-serving leader as she reached 5,143 days in office on Sunday – the same tally as Germany’s first chancellor, Konrad Adenauer.

Merkel, who has declared that she will not seek another term in office, would have to stay in her job for another 726 days – until December 17, 2021 – to overtake the record-holder and her former mentor, Helmut Kohl.

This seems unlikely given that the next elections in Germany are due by October 24, 2021. It is not inconceivable however, given that it sometimes takes months for a new government to be formed after national elections.

All three longest-serving leaders are from the conservative Christian Democratic Union.

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