Merkel elected to fourth term as German Chancellor
Angela Merkel on Wednesday was elected to a fourth term as German Chancellor by the Bundestag, The Local reports.
Almost six months after emerging from the national election with a reduced majority, Merkel was confirmed as the head of a new government after parliamentarians voted for a repeat of the grand coalition.
Merkel, who first became Chancellor in 2005, will govern at the head of the Christian Democrats (CDU) in a union with the Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD).
Later on Wednesday morning, the Chancellor will travel to Schloss Bellevue, the residence of the German President, where at 11am President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will hand her a letter of appointment. Formalities dictate that Merkel then has to travel back to the Bundestag, where parliamentary president Wolfgang Schäuble will swear her in as Chancellor.