Merkel up for third mandate in 2013

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel intends to run for a third mandate in 2013 elections, she said on television on Saturday.

"I have high hopes that the Social Democrats will find me an adversary before the next election," the 56-year-old Christian Democrat leader, who has been in her job since 2005 and was re-elected in October 2009, told the SAT1 television channel.

Merkel said she was not concerned that opinion polls placed her behind potential Social Democrat candidates. "When campaigning comes round, I will put myself into it with enthusiasm," she said.

Two polls last month found German elites were disappointed with Merkel and the performance of her centre-right government.

© 2011 AFP

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