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Merkel re-elected German Chancellor for 4th term

IANS  |  Berlin 

was officially re-elected the German with the majority of lawmakers in the lower parliament backing her candidacy in a vote on Wednesday.

The majority vote in the Bundestag means the embarked on her fourth term at the helm of German following months of negotiations with the (SPD) that culminated in the revival of the so-called grand coalition.

In a secret ballot, 364 of the Bundestag's 709 members voted in favour of -- nine more than the 50 per cent required, reported.

The former of the SPD, Martin Schulz, had initially ruled out a new grand coalition, vowing to take his party into opposition, but was forced to change his stance after coalition talks between the CDU, and liberal FDP collapsed in November, raising the possibility of new elections.

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

will first travel to the residence of German to be officially nominated before returning to the Bundestag to be sworn in as later in the day.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 15:40 IST
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