German lawmakers elect Merkel to fourth term as chancellor

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a news conference in Berlin, Germany August 29, 2017. (File photo: Reuters)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was Wednesday elected by parliament to her fourth term at the helm of Europe's biggest economy.

Bundestag lawmakers voted 364-315 for Merkel, with nine abstentions. Merkel is to be formally appointed by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier before taking the oath of office at 1100 GMT.

Last Update: Wednesday, 14 March 2018 KSA 12:31 - GMT 09:31