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German Party Leader Says He Might Not Serve in Next Government


The leader of Germany's Social Democratic Party says he will not run again for that post and might not serve in a new cabinet.

Franz Muentefering spoke Monday after the Social Democrats' executive committee named a left-wing party member to run for party general secretary, rejecting Mr. Muentefering's chosen candidate. The committee nominated Andrea Nahles to run, rejecting Kajo Wasserhoevel.

Mr. Muentefering was set to become vice chancellor in a government led by Christian Democrat Chancellor-designate Angela Merkel.

The Social Democrats will elect their general secretary in mid-November.

Some information for this report ptovided by AP and AFP.