Merkel's conservatives scored their best result in over two
decades in a German election on September 22 but were forced
into lengthy coalition talks with the rival Social Democrats
(SPD), whose members only approved the deal last weekend.
The vote in the Bundestag was a formality as the ruling parties
hold an overwhelming majority of the seats. A total of 462
lawmakers backed Merkel for chancellor, with 150 voting against
and 9 abstaining.
The new government faces a host of challenges, from bedding down
European reforms aimed at shielding the bloc from future crises,
to seeing through Merkel's costly switch from nuclear to
Merkel, dressed in black and looking relaxed as lawmakers voted
in the Bundestag chamber, joins fellow conservatives Konrad
Adenauer and Helmut Kohl as the only post-war chancellors to
have won three terms.
(Writing by Noah Barkin; editing by Madeline Chambers)
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