December 19, 2018 / 12:52 PM / 8 months ago

Merkel not planning reshuffle after Merz eyes cabinet job

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin, Germany, December 19, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has no plans to reshuffle her cabinet, a government spokesman said, when asked about the prospects of conservative Friedrich Merz becoming a minister after losing the race to succeed her as conservative CDU leader.

“The chancellor is not planning a cabinet reshuffle,” said government spokesman Steffen Seibert. He had been asked about a newspaper interview in which Merz said he was ready to re-enter politics full time and possibly become a minister.

Writing by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Michelle Martin

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