Ms Merkel is due to be sworn on Wednesday. The parliamentary lower house voted in favour of her 364-315 - paving the way for Merkel's fourth term at the helm. Following a disastrous election result that came after four years as Merkel's junior coalition partner, the Social Democrats agreed to join the new government only after lengthy internal wrangling.
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After Merkel's reelection she will immediately travel to Schloss Bellevue to receive a letter of appointment by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, before heading back to the Bundestag in order to take the oath of office.
From 1600 GMT, Merkel sits down with her new cabinet, in which the SPD has wrested both the trophy posts of finance and foreign affairs to the dismay of a growing band of critics within her Christian Democratic Union (CDU).
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Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said the German leader had condemned the attack and assured May in a telephone call that she was taking the British government's views on possible Russian involvement in the attack extremely seriously.
Merkel's CDU/CSU alliance emerged as the largest bloc in parliament following September's federal election, but they failed to secure an absolute majority. "It shows that the grand coalition is actually going to be a small coalition".
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