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German Chancellor Angela Merkel takes the oath of office after Merkel was elected for a fourth term as chancellor in the German parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
March 14, 2018 - 4:59 AM

BERLIN - The Latest on the formation of a new coalition government in Germany (all times local):

12:55 p.m.

Germany's president is telling the country's new government that it faces huge expectations from the country's allies, particularly in Europe.

Chancellor Angela Merkel was sworn in for her fourth term on Wednesday after serving only as caretaker leader since an election last fall.

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said as he formally appointed Merkel's new Cabinet: "It is good that the time of uncertainty is over."

He said that "these are testing years for democracy," with an "everyone against everyone else" mentality spreading in world politics — "right now in trade policy."

Steinmeier said that "the expectations of our friends and partners are huge, particularly in Europe." He added that "many hope we in Germany will show that liberal democracies are capable of acting and facing the future."

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12:10 p.m.

Angela Merkel has been sworn in for her fourth term as German chancellor.

Parliament speaker Wolfgang Schaeuble administered the oath of office to Merkel, who pledged to "dedicate my efforts to the well-being of the German people, promote their welfare (and) protect them from harm."

Lawmakers voted earlier Wednesday by a 364-315 margin to re-elect Merkel, nearly six months after Germany's election and following lengthy coalition-building efforts. She received nine more votes than she needed, but 35 votes fewer than the number of seats held by the "grand coalition" of her conservative Union bloc with the centre-left Social Democrats.

The rest of Merkel's new-look 16-member Cabinet will be sworn in later Wednesday.

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10 a.m.

Germany's parliament has elected Angela Merkel for her fourth term as chancellor, putting an end to nearly six months of political drift in Europe's biggest economy.

Lawmakers voted 364-315 on Wednesday to re-elect Merkel, who ran unopposed. There were nine abstentions. The coalition of Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union, its Bavaria-only sister party, the Christian Social Union and the centre-left Social Democrats has 399 seats.

The same parties have governed for the past four years but putting together the new coalition has been hard work. Wednesday's parliamentary vote comes 171 days — nearly double the previous record — after September's election, in which they all lost significant ground. The Social Democrats initially planned to go into opposition.

Merkel will head a much-changed new Cabinet

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9:20 a.m.

Germany's parliament is meeting to elect Angela Merkel for a fourth term as chancellor, ending nearly six months of political drift in Europe's biggest economy.

Merkel needs the support of a majority of all lawmakers to be re-elected on Wednesday, meaning that she has to win at least 355 votes. The coalition of her conservative Christian Democratic Union, its Bavaria-only sister party, the Christian Social Union and the centre-left Social Democrats has 399 seats.

The same parties have governed for the past four years but Wednesday's parliamentary vote comes 171 days — nearly double the previous record — after September's election, in which they all lost significant ground. The Social Democrats initially planned to go into opposition.

Merkel will head a much-changed new Cabinet.

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