Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Merkel voted into 4th term as German chancellor

Merkel voted into 4th term as German chancellor

Germany's parliament elected Angela Merkel for her fourth term as chancellor on Wednesday, March 14, putting an end to almost six months of political drift in Europe's biggest economy, The Associated Press reports.

Merkel will head a much-changed new Cabinet, with the governing parties - which are traditional rivals - keen to send signals of renewal after a September election in which all lost significant ground.

Germany's new grand coalition "didn't start off as a marriage of love" but marks the end of a period of political uncertainty, interim leader of the Social Democrats Olaf Scholz said Monday, as the coalition parties ready to sign an agreement. As per reports, the German lawmakers voted 364-315 on Wednesday to re-elect Merkel, who ran unopposed.

The vote ended nearly six months of political uncertainty after the last year's German federal election saw voters desert the two mainstream parties - Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD), turning instead to parties on the left and right, the CNN reported. At least 35 coalition lawmakers didn't support her Wednesday, though that was in line with results at the beginning of her two previous "grand coalitions" of Germany's biggest parties.

"I accept the vote", Ms Merkel told the Bundestag lower house of parliament after the vote.

Angela is a German politician serving as Chancellor of Germany since 2005 and leader of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000.

Merkel will first travel to the residence of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin to be officially nominated before returning to the Bundestag to be sworn in as the Chancellor later on Wednesday.

Merkel has been only a caretaker chancellor since October, and many unresolved issues await the new government.

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