German Chancellor Angela Merkel laid to rest doubts about her health and said that she intended to carry on ruling the European country through her fourth and final term to 2021.

“I can carry out this role … As a person, I have a strong personal interest in my health and, as I said, 2021 is the conclusion of my political work,” she told a news conference in Berlin on Friday, adding with a smile: “But then I hope there will be another life (after politics).”

Concerns about the chancellor’s health have arose in recent months after she was seen shaking in public three times. The chancellor, who turned 65 this week, trembled as she watched a military ceremony welcoming the Finnish prime minister Antti Rinne. Her first shaking episode on June 18, where she met with the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy and was blamed on dehydration, went away after she drank some water.

However at the press conference, Mrs Merkel said that she was feeling in good health.

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