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German President Hands Merkel Notice About End of Her Term

© REUTERS / HANNIBAL HANSCHKEGermany's acting Chancellor Angela Merkel receives her 'discharge certificate' from President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany, October 26, 2021. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
Germany's acting Chancellor Angela Merkel receives her 'discharge certificate' from President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany, October 26, 2021. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke - Sputnik International, 1920, 26.10.2021
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BERLIN, (Sputnik) - German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Tuesday handed outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel a notice about the end of her term.
Steinmeier also handed similar notices to other members of Merkel's government during a ceremony at the Bellevue Palace, the official residence of the president.
© REUTERS / HANNIBAL HANSCHKESocial Democratic Party (SPD) candidate for Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Germany's acting Chancellor Angela Merkel hold their 'discharge certificates' at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany, October 26, 2021. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
Social Democratic Party (SPD) candidate for Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Germany's acting Chancellor Angela Merkel hold their 'discharge certificates' at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany, October 26, 2021. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke - Sputnik International, 1920, 26.10.2021
Social Democratic Party (SPD) candidate for Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Germany's acting Chancellor Angela Merkel hold their 'discharge certificates' at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany, October 26, 2021. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
Earlier in the day, Steinmeier asked Merkel to continue her activities as chancellor until a successor is appointed, the presidential office said. The chancellor attended the first session of a new Bundestag elected on 26 September.
Visitors walk in the glass cupola of the Reichstag building that hosts the German parliament (Bundestag) and look at a German flag in Berlin, Germany, on June 10, 2016. - Sputnik International, 1920, 28.09.2021
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