20 March 2018

Merkel watched as furious protestor was bundled to ground

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Angela Merkel watched as a furious protestor was bundled to the ground by police moments after the chancellor was sworn in for a fourth term as German leader. The 63-year-old has been re-elected as the German Chancellor, which means she will serve Germany for her fourth, and likely last, term in power. reports citing

A man, screaming in a foreign language, was arrested by the police when Mrs Merkel left the Bundestag building on Wednesday.

As the the chancellor got into the car, security forces silenced the man by pushing him to the ground.

German lawmakers voted by 364 to 315, with nine abstentions, in favour of re-electing the 63-year-old.

The term may prove her most challenging yet as she leads a fragile coalition with her standing diminished.

Speaking after the vote, she told the Bundestag lower house of parliament: "I accept the vote."

This will be her 13th year as Chancellor of Germany after she was first elected in 2005.

Mrs Merkel has faced an uphill struggle to save her career after she failed to form a government in Germany’s general election.

At around 11am (local time) Mrs Merkel picked up her certificate of appointment from the German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Bellevue Palace.

She then returned to the Bundestag where she will be sworn in by the Bundestag president Wolfgang Schäuble at around noon.

This includes an oath: "I swear that I will devote my strength to the good of the German people, augment its value, protect it from harm, uphold and defend the Basic Law and the law of the covenant, conscientiously fulfil my duties, and practice justice for everyone. So help me God. "

The oath, however, can also be done without reference to God.

Her husband Joachim Sauer and 89-year-old mother Herlind Kasner were among the well-wishers.

2018.03.14 / 23:25
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