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Angela Merkel confirmed as Germany's chancellor for third time

U.S. President Barack Obama (L), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) and Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit arrive at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on June 19, 2013. UPI/David Silpa
U.S. President Barack Obama (L), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) and Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit arrive at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on June 19, 2013. UPI/David Silpa | License Photo

BERLIN, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Angela Merkel was confirmed as German chancellor for a third term by a vote Tuesday in the Bundestag, Germany's parliament.

Merkel was confirmed by a 462-150 vote, with nine abstentions, the BBC reported.

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The coalition between Merkel's center-right Christian Democrats-Christian Social Union bloc and the Social Democrats has a huge majority in the parliament, controlling 504 of the 631 seats in the lower house.

Observers said Germany's tough position on fiscal discipline is unlikely to change under the new coalition government after the Social Democrats voted Monday to back the coalition.

The new government will be slightly to the left of the previous one that saw an alliance between Merkel's block and the market-oriented Free Democrats, the BBC said. The Social Democrats will form a minority part of the government.

"I accept the election result and thank you for your trust," Merkel after the confirmation vote.

She was to visit President Joachim Gauck before returning to parliament to be sworn in.

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