Angela Merkel elected to fourth term as chancellor in Germany


A conservative ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that if Russia fails to cooperate in the investigation into a nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent in Britain, there should be a joint Western response.

Merkel was re-elected by the comfortable margin of 364 votes to 315 in the German legislature, and she has since said she accepted the investiture, which is likely to be her final term.

Angela is a German politician serving as Chancellor of Germany since 2005 and leader of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000.

But her authority was dented by her decision in 2015 to commit Germany to an open-door policy on migration, resulting in an influx of more than one million people.

"It is a good start for Germany to have a stable government. after so many months, there is now a big incentive to get down to work with energy", Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said.

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Merkel will first visit to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at his Berlin residence to be officially nominated before returning to the Bundestag to be sworn in as Chancellor later on Wednesday.

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.

This way, nothing can interfere the formation of the government coalition.

After weeks of negotiations, a coalition treaty was produced and later approved by SPD members who voted via postal ballot.