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German lawmakers elect weakened Angela Merkel for her fourth term

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

Reuters 

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 takes charge of a fragile coalition with her personal standing diminished. Lawmakers voted by 364 to 315, with nine abstentions, in favour of re-electing Merkel, a humbling start as the coalition of her conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) has 399 votes in the Bundestag lower house of parliament. "I accept the vote," a beaming Merkel, 63, told lawmakers. In office since 2005, she has ...

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 15:44 IST
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