Angela Merkel elected for 4th term as German chancellor

Germany's new grand coalition ends 'time of uncertainty'

Germany's new grand coalition ends 'time of uncertainty'

Parliament is due to elect Merkel for her fourth term as chancellor on Wednesday, a record 171 days after Germans voted.

Politicians voted by 364 to 315, with nine abstentions, in favour of re-electing 63-year-old Ms Merkel.

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.

But her authority was dented by her decision in 2015 to commit Germany to an open-door policy on migration, resulting in an influx of more than one million people.

As it was reported earlier the majority of Germany's SPD voted for the formation of "grand coalition" with CDU/CSU.


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

Chancellor Angela Merkel promised Monday to work for a strong Europe and said she's hopeful talks can resolve the standoff over US tariffs, declaring "it's finally time to start work" as Germany's new government prepares to take office.

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

The priority the government gives to different reforms set out in the coalition deal, the extent to which it implements them, and the personnel involved promise a welter of competing pressures that Merkel will need all her political skill to balance.

After weeks of negotiations, a coalition treaty was produced and later approved by SPD members who voted via postal ballot.

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