German Chancellor Angela Merkel takes her seat prior to the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)

Germany: Merkel won't call confidence vote after ally ousted

September 26, 2018 - 7:27 am

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman says the German leader has no intention of calling a confidence vote after her party ousted a close ally as head of its parliamentary group.

Merkel's conservative Union bloc on Tuesday voted out Volker Kauder out as head of its parliamentary group, a key post for securing the passage of government legislation. It was the latest wobble for Merkel's fourth-term administration following two coalition crises since it took office in March.

The surprise defeat for Kauder, who had held the job since Merkel became chancellor in 2005, was a blow to her authority in conservative ranks. Opposition figures called on her to hold a confidence vote in parliament.

Asked Wednesday whether she plans to do so, Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert said the answer is "a clear no."

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