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Angela Merkel voted in for fourth term as German chancellor

Angela Merkel voted in for fourth term as German chancellor

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

Angela Merkel has finally begun her fourth term as Chancellor after nearly six months of political deadlock in Germany. The Social Democrats agreed to join the government only after lengthy internal wrangling. "Such differences of opinion over whether situations are fair or not have to be resolved in talks, I think, and not if it can be avoided in some way by unilateral actions", she told reporters in Berlin.

According to a report by CNN, Merkel will first travel to the Berlin residence of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to be officially nominated before returning to the Bundestag to be sworn in as Chancellor later on Wednesday.

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"A clear vote and a smooth start", tweeted Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the new general secretary of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union.

The pressure will be on the new government to immediately get down to business, after months of horse-trading and delayed decision-making.

Angela Merkel said what gifts were exchanged with Vladimir Putin. She has also stressed the necessity of securing Germany's borders, and developing policies to mitigate the causes of migration.