German parliament confirms Angel Merkel for third term

Angela Merkel has been confirmed as German chancellor for a third term, at the head of a grand coalition, by a vote in the Bundestag, the BBC reports.

The coalition between her centre-right CDU/CSU bloc and the Social Democrats (SPD) has a huge majority, with 504 of the 631 seats in the lower house.

Mrs Merkel was confirmed by 462 votes, with nine abstentions.

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