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.
BJP to withdraw Vijaya Rahatkar's name from Rajya Sabha election
Meanwhile, BJP alleged that there was anger among Congress leaders as the party had sprung surprises in candidate selection. On Wednesday, the day for withdrawal of nomination, the BJP will officially withdraw Rahatkar from the fray.
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).
UP bypolls: BJP trails in Gorakhpur, Phulpur
In Gorakhpur, the Samajwadi Party was ahead of the Bharatiya Janata Party, which was earlier held by Chief Minister Adityanath. Gorakhpur was vacated by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Phulpur by his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya of the BJP.
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".
Physicist Stephen Hawking dies at 76
The physicist and author of A Brief History of Time died peacefully at his home in Cambridge early on Wednesday afternoon (NZT). Hawking was the first to propose a theory of cosmology using the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics.