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.