ANGELA MERKEL BOW OUT OF OFFICE WITH A MILITARY TATTOO IN GRAND STYLE
The German chancellor is set to bow out of office in style, giving another candidate a chance to emerge as the new leader.
Angela Merkel will ceremonially bow out of office with a military tattoo held in her honour on Thursday evening, before she is expected to formally hand over her seat of power to Olaf Scholz in the first half of next week.
Featuring torch-carrying soldiers in full military regalia, precision choreography and three songs of the outgoing chancellor’s own choosing played by a marching band, the event will mark the high point of Merkel’s leaving tour after 16 years of holding office.
Due to coronavirus restrictions the ceremony will be more low-key than those that honoured her predecessors Gerhard Schröder and Helmut Kohl when they left office.
The event will be broadcasted live on German television from 7.20pm, the ceremony in the courtyard outside the defence ministry in Berlin will start with a short speech by the chancellor and wrap up after just over an hour, without a reception.
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