March 14, 2018 / 9:01 AM / 3 months ago

German lawmakers elect Merkel to fourth term as chancellor

BERLIN, March 14 (Reuters) - 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. (Writing by Paul Carrel Editing by Madeline Chambers)

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