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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is happy with the timing of her departure after 16 years as head of the country and now looks forward to devoting time to things she must have neglected during her chancellery.

BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is happy with the timing of her departure after 16 years as head of the country and is now looking forward to devoting time to things she must have neglected during her tenure as Chancellor.

Merkel said she wanted “maybe to travel a bit or read, or just enjoy some free time knowing that no possible upheaval could happen in the next 20 minutes,” the weekly Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

She said that while the years in power have been her fill, they have also been difficult due to the constant need to pay attention, prevent or respond to crises.

“I can say with a good feeling now that it is right for someone else to take over,” Merkel told the newspaper.

Germany held its national elections last month. The Social Democrats, Greens and Free Democrats are currently in talks to form a coalition government. All three parties said earlier this month that they intend to have the country’s next chancellor in place in early December.

Outgoing Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz, whose center-left Social Democrats narrowly won the election, seems to have the best chance of succeeding Merkel.

Until the next government is formed, Merkel will continue to lead Germany on an interim basis and was at the Group of 20 summit in Rome on Saturday.

Merkel, who is 67, said she was grateful for being able to serve the county and also remembers with satisfaction “a long and in some cases a complicated time.”

“A little melancholy may also come later,” she added.

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