Merkel elected for 4th term

Addis Ababa , March 14, 2018 (FBC) -The German parliament, the Bundestag, has confirmed Angela Merkel as the country's next leader. The conservative Merkel will govern in a so-called grand coalition with the Social Democrats.

Merkel's election by the parliament ends 171 days of waiting after Germany's national popular election on September 24, 2017.

Merkel was elected in by deputies from her own conservative CDU-CSU and her junior coalition partners, the Social Democratic Party (SPD).

364 members of the Bundestag voted for Merkel, while 315 voted against her. There were nine abstentions, and eleven parliamentarians didn’t cast valid ballots - hardly a ringin endorsement considering that the grand coalition accounts for 399 votes in the Bundestag.

Merkel's conservatives won September's election, taking 33 percent of the vote, ahead of the SPD with 20.5 percent.

But both of those figures were down sharply from 2013, due in part to the rise of the far-right populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which took 12.6 percent of the vote.

Source: DW

Posted by Amare Asrat