Angela Merkel re-elected German Chancellor for 4th term

Germany's new grand coalition ends 'time of uncertainty'

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The German parliament has elected Angela Merkel as Chancellor for the fourth time on Wednesday.

The leader of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union has been Chancellor of Germany since 2005, making her one of Europe's longest-serving political leaders and one of the most powerful political figures in the European Union.

To be re-elected, Merkel needed the support of a majority of all lawmakers.

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Despite a hard start - former SPD head Martin Schulz first refused to enter a grand coalition, then was forced to walk back on his position, prompting his resignation - the parties are now in a position to "work together constructively" and put an end to Germany's "time of uncertainty", Scholz told reporters at a joint press conference alongside Merkel and CSU leader Horst Seehofer.

Later in the day, a ceremony at which German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will officially announce the appointment of Merkel as chancellor will be held. Two months after Germany's federal election previous year, five weeks of exploratory talks collapsed, casting uncertainty over Chancellor Angela Merkel's future in office. Since October 24, 2017 she and her Cabinet continue as the acting government until a new government is formed.

The priority the government gives to different reforms set out in the coalition deal, the extent to which it implements them, and the personnel involved promise a welter of competing pressures that Merkel will need all her political skill to balance. At the begging of February, the leaders of CDU/CSU agreed on the text of the coalition agreement, but Social Democrats made a condition: the agreement may be signed if rank-and-file party members approve it.

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