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Germany welcomes govt deal, want to start work quickly

Parliament is expected to meet March 14 to re-elect Merkel as chancellor

AP | PTI  |  Berlin 

Angela Merkel, Germany
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Photo: Reuters)

German has welcomed the coalition deal and says, "It's important that we start quickly with our work."

was speaking today, a day after the center-left Social Democrats voted overwhelmingly to remain in a coalition with Merkel's conservative bloc, giving her the support needed to preserve her governing coalition and secure a fourth term as of Europe's most powerful economy.

Parliament is expected to meet March 14 to re-elect as chancellor, ending the longest time has been without a new after elections in its postwar history.

The Social Democrats were initially reluctant to extend their coalition with Merkel, but eventually agreed to a deal that gives them control of the foreign, labor and three major portfolios in return for supporting curbs on immigration.

First Published: Mon, March 05 2018. 23:22 IST