MahaGathbandhan in Germany, Angela Merkel Begins Her 4th Term, 6 Months Post Elections

| March 14 , 2018 , 16:45 IST

Angela Merkel on Wednesday began her fourth term as the Chancellor of Germany; six months after the European nation went for polls. The 709 members German Parliament on Wednesday voted 364-315 in a secret ballot in favour of Merkel who required 355 votes. Nine members abstained.

Clouds of political uncertainty had been looming for the past 6 months after voters ditched the two main parties leading to a hung parliament. Multiple rounds of negotiations between Merkel’s party Christian Democratic Union of Germany Party and other potential allies ended without an outcome in the past few months. A coalition was finally managed between CDU, the Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD).

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Last week the Social Democrats voted in favour of a Grand Alliance that brought an end to the months-long uncertainty. While SPD party leadership was in favour of joining the alliance, its radical youth wing was strongly opposed to the idea. Finally, on 4 March all the 464,000 party office bearers voted in favour of joining the alliance. This brings back memories from 2005 when Merkel became the Chancellor of Germany for the first time with an alliance between CDU and the SPD.

“I accept the vote,” Merkel told the Bundestag celebrating her re-election. Merkel is the longest-serving incumbent head of Government in the European Union. 

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced the appointment of Merkel at a ceremony held at the German President's residence 'Schloss Bellevue'. The swearing-in ceremony will take place at Bundestag.


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