Germany’s 60 million eligible voters will set their country on a new course in Sunday’s parliamentary elections.
The winning lawmakers will decide who will replace the country’s outgoing and popular chancellor, Angela Merkle.
The newly elected politicians will likely have to form a coalition government, meaning it may take some weeks before Merkle’s replacement is announced.
Merkle, the driving force behind Germany’s position as Europe’s leading economy, is stepping down after 16 years in Germany’s top job, in a government led by Merkle’s center-right Christian Democratic Union.
Merkle has been reluctant to throw her support behind any of the leaders of the various political parties who are vying for her job, including her vice chancellor, Olaf Scholz of the Social Democratic Party.
On Saturday, however, the German leader attended a rally for Armin Laschet, leader of the Christian Democrats.