Merkel re-elected to German Parliament for fourth term

Published at March 14, 2018 05:14 PM 0Comment(s)1695views



German Chancellor Angela Merkel was on Wednesday re-elected to the German Parliament for a record fourth term and will be sworn in later today.

The vote ended almost 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.

364 of the German Parliament's (Bundestag) 709 members voted in favour of Merkel in the secret ballot, nine more than the 50 percent required for being elected.

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.


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