Possible successor to Merkel denies his nomination for post of German chancellor

German Minister of Health Jens Spahn denied media reports that he is considering the possibility of nominating himself for the post of Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. He stated this in an interview with Welt am Sonntag.

“No, I will be nominated as deputy chairman of the CDU (Christian Democratic Union – Note “Lenta.ru” ) “, – Spahn said in response to a question about his plans to become one of the candidates for the post of German Chancellor.

The head of Ministry of Health added that he is in the team of the Prime Minister of the Federal North Rhine-Westphalia Armin Lashet , claiming to be the head of the CDU.

Previously Bild newspaper and Spiegel citing sources reported that Spahn is considering running for the post of Chancellor of the country and, if he wins, become Angela Merkel’s successor.

Earlier, Merkel spoke with the last New Year’s address and stated that she no longer will apply for the post of Chancellor of Germany. She took over on November 22, 2005, becoming the first female chancellor.