German lawmakers elect Merkel to fourth term as chancellor

Berlin, Germany Published: Mar 14, 2018, 09:08 AM(IST)

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German lawmakers voted on Wednesday to re-elect Angela Merkel as chancellor for a fourth, and likely final, term that may prove her most challenging yet as she leads a fragile coalition with her standing diminished.

Lawmakers voted by 364 to 315, with nine abstentions, in favour of re-electing Merkel, 63. 

"I accept the vote," Merkel told the Bundestag lower house of parliament after the vote.

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