Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman says the German leader has no intention of calling a confidence vote after her party ousted a close ally as head of its parliamentary group.

Merkel’s conservative Union bloc on Tuesday voted out Volker Kauder out as head of its parliamentary group, a key post for securing the passage of government legislation. It was the latest wobble for Merkel’s fourth-term administration following two coalition crises since it took office in March.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

The surprise defeat for Kauder, who had held the job since Merkel became chancellor in 2005, was a blow to her authority in conservative ranks. Opposition figures called on her to hold a confidence vote in parliament.

Asked Wednesday whether she plans to do so, Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert said the answer is “a clear no.”

Source: The Associated Press