Merkel elected to fourth term as chancellor

Reuters | Published: 16:16, Mar 14,2018

Angela Merkel

German chancellor Angela Merkel is congratulated by Andrea Nahles (L) of Social Democratic Party (SPD) after being re-elected as chancellor during a session of the German lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, March 14, 2018. — Reuters photo

German lawmakers voted on Wednesday to re-elect Angela Merkel as chancellor for a fourth, and likely final, term that may prove her most challenging yet as she leads a fragile coalition with her standing diminished.

Lawmakers voted by 364 to 315, with nine abstentions, in favour of re-electing Merkel, 63.

‘I accept the vote,’ Merkel told the Bundestag lower house of parliament after the vote.

More about:

Want stories like this in your inbox?

Sign up to exclusive daily email