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Germany's Social Democrats party board approves Merkel

AFP  |  Berlin 

A tentative German coalition deal cleared a key hurdle today when the Social Democrats' party board gave the green light to the agreement hammered out in marathon talks.

The SPD, Germany's second largest party, said in a statement that its 45-member board had overwhelmingly given its blessing to formal coalition negotiations with Angela Merkel's conservatives following a deal in principle sealed earlier in the day.

The draft programme, outlining policy goals during Merkel's fourth term, must now be approved by 600 delegates at a party on January 21 and then by the party's more than 400,000 rank and file members.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 20:05 IST