Merkel sworn in as Chancellor for fourth term

2018-03-14 18:15:43

Angela Merkel has been sworn in for a fourth term as German chancellor, after months of political wrangling that left her weakened, the BBC reported today.

Germany's parliament earlier approved her re-election by 364 votes to 315.

Mrs Merkel has vowed to get to work quickly after the longest period of coalition-building in post-war Germany.

It is nearly six months since the election, Mrs Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Christian Social Union (CSU) bloc had its worst result in almost 70 years.

But she finally secured a coalition deal with the Social Democrats (SPD) earlier this month following a painful stretch of political deadlock.

It cost her several key posts - including finance and foreign minister - in Germany's new cabinet. After parliament confirmed Mrs Merkel's reappointment on Wednesday, she told MPs: "I accept the vote."

  Comments - 5

  • UK Buruwa Wednesday, 14 March 2018 21:18

    She is the best politician the world has now. Keeps to her word, on what she believe, interests of her people

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    Gayan Wednesday, 14 March 2018 21:43

    Democratic dictatorship.

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    Lord Wolfstein Thursday, 15 March 2018 11:28

    It looks like you have no idea what true democracy means. Personally, I do not like Merkel. However, I respect her because she has become the most powerful woman in the world by her excellent politics

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    Suranimala Thursday, 15 March 2018 10:43

    Every Sri lankan politician's dream !!

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    VJ Thursday, 15 March 2018 14:32

    I think the German people are smart and also lucky to have Mrs. Merkel leading the country for the fourth term. Congratulations Mrs. Merkel, I wish we had a leader with your knowledge and skills.

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