18 Dec 2013

Merkel confirmed as Chancellor for third term

5:55 am on 18 December 2013

Angela Merkel has been confirmed as Chancellor of Germany for a third term, at the head of a grand coalition, by a vote in the Bundestag.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Christian Social Union leader Horst Seehofer at the Bundestag.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Christian Social Union leader Horst Seehofer at the Bundestag. Photo: AFP

The coalition between her CDU/CSU bloc and the Social Democrats (SPD) holds 504 of the 631 seats in the lower house of parliament.

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

SPD members voted on Sunday to back the coalition after painstaking negotiations since the elections on 22 September.

"I accept the election result and thank you for your trust," said Mrs Merkel after the vote in the Bundestag on Tuesday.

The BBC reports the coalition talks were the longest for any German government since since World War II.