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14 March 2018, 04:31 | Opal Carroll
Angela Merkel Elected as Germany's Chancellor For Fourth Time
He said that "these are testing years for democracy", with an "everyone against everyone else" mentality spreading in world politics - "right now in trade policy".
Angela Merkel is officially re-elected as the German Chancellor with the majority of lawmakers in the lower parliament backing her candidacy in a vote on Wednesday.
"It is a good start for Germany to have a stable government ... after so many months, there is now a big incentive to get down to work with energy", Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said, according to Reuters.
Wearing a white blazer, she said "I accept the vote" and beamed happily as applause filled the Bundestag chamber, where her scientist husband Joachim Sauer and her 89-year-old mother Herlind Kasner were among the well-wishers.
The agreement by the SPD guaranteed Merkel a fourth term in office. There were nine abstentions.
The conservative bloc only turned to the SPD to prolong the "grand coalition" that has governed Germany since 2013 out of desperation, after talks on a three-way alliance with two smaller parties collapsed last November.
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Chancellor Angela Merkel and her new coalition government have been backed by the Bundestag nearly six months after all parties failed to secure a majority in the elections. The Social Democrats initially planned to go into opposition.
Angela Merkel was re-elected as German chancellor by the parliament on Wednesday, kicking off her fourth term as leader of Europe's largest economy.
Known to many as "Mummy Merkel", she is seen by supporters as a beacon of stability and compromise whose pragmatic policies have helped consolidate Germany's economic growth.
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The party surged into third place in the election with 12.6% of the vote, the first time in decades that a far-right, openly nationalist party had won seats in Germany's federal parliament.
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