Westerwalle to stand down as party leader


Guido Westerwalle, Foreign Minister in Angela Merkel’s coalition government and leader of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) has said that he will not stand for the leadership of his party at their May congress.

Westerwalle has been leader since May 2001 but in recent state elections the FDP did very badly, losing their entire representation in two states.

He has stated that he will now concentrate his efforts as Foreign Minister.

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