Germany’s parliament has confirmed Angela Merkel as the country’s next leader. The conservative Merkel will govern in a grand coalition with the Social Democrats
Merkel was elected by deputies from her own conservative CDU-CSU and her junior coalition partners, the Social Democratic Party (SPD).
In all, 364 members of the Bundestag voted for Merkel, while 315 voted against her. There were nine abstentions, and 21 parliamentarians were either absent or didn’t cast valid ballots.
According to Deutsche Welle, after the vote, Merkel headed over to Berlin’s Bellevue Palace to be sworn in by German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
The 63-year-old Merkel will now begin her fourth term as German chancellor and her third as the leader of a grand coalition.