Angela Merkel Bags Fourth Term
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday bagged her fourth, term as Chancellor of Germany since 2005 after Members of Germany’s lower house of parliament Bundestag reelected her to lead the government.
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In a secret ballot, 364 members of the 709 members voted for Merkel, nine more than the 50% required while 315 voted against her. There were nine abstentions, and 21 parliamentarians were either absent or didn’t cast valid ballots.
After the vote proceedings, Merkel was then formally appointed and sworn in at Berlin’s Bellevue Palace by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Merkel’s emergence also confirmed the grand coalition between the Chancellor’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Christian Social Union alliance and the Social Democratic Party.
The election by Germany’s lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, ends 171 days of waiting after Germany’s national popular election on September 24, 2017. The 63-year-old Merkel will now begin her fourth term as German chancellor and her third as the leader of a grand coalition.