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German parliament re-elects Merkel to fourth term as chancellor

BERLIN: 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 takes charge of a fragile coalition with her personal standing diminished. Lawmakers voted by 364 to 315, with nine abstentions, in favor of re-electing Merkel, a humbling start as the coalition of her conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) has 399 votes in the Bundestag lower house of parliament. “I accept the vote,” a beaming Merkel,…

Angela Merkel to seek fourth term as German chancellor

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday she would seek a fourth term in elections next year to defend democratic principles but that she expected her toughest campaign to date. Merkel told reporters at a meeting of her Christian Democratic Union party that she would run again to "fight for our values and our way of life" but added that she expected strong challenges from both the right and the left of the political spectrum. "This election will be more difficult than any before it, at least not since German…