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MERKEL TAKES HER OATH TO SERVE HER FOURTH TERM AS CHANCELLOR

Following approval of a coalition deal between the Chancellor’s CDU/Christian Social Union alliance and Social Democrats (SDU) in Germany the parliament voted to re-elect Angela Merkel as chancelor. In a secret ballot, 364 of the Bundestag’s 709 members voted in favor of Merkel. Thirty-five MPs from the parties governing under Merkel did not vote to re-elect her. After taking an oath before President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the new government will start ruling the country.

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