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Germany's Schroeder to Seek Re-Election in 2006 - 2003-09-01


German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder says he will seek re-election in 2006.

The Social Democrat Party (SDP) leader said in Berlin Monday that he will seek a third term, even though when first elected he said he would serve only two terms.

His announcement comes a week after popular Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said he would also seek re-election.

Mr. Schroeder took office in 1998 in a coalition with Mr. Fischer and the Green Party, ending the 16-year reign of Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

Mr. Schroeder says he wants to complete the ambitious reform program his government started earlier this year. He was narrowly re-elected last year, but his party badly trails the conservative opposition in current polls.

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