September 26, 2018 / 11:30 AM / in 6 months

Merkel won't hold vote of confidence after ally loses senior party job

FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on next to parliamentary group leader of the CDU/CSU fraction Volker Kauder as they visit a test track after the opening ceremony of the new Daimler Testing and Technology Center in Immendingen, Germany September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not hold a vote of confidence, her spokesman said on Wednesday, after her conservatives cast out long-standing ally Volker Kauder as head of the parliamentary party.

“A clear no,” Steffen Seibert told a news conference when asked if Merkel would hold a vote of confidence.

Reporting by Michelle Martin and Riham Alkousaa; Editing by Madeline Chambers

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