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GERMANY PUTS AN END TO UNCERTAINTY WITH MERKEL’S FOURTH INVESTITURE

Berlin / On Wednesday, Angela Merkel has been elected German Chancellor for a fourth term, an absolute majority in the Bundestag has supported her after the grand coalition agreement reached between conservatives and social democrats.

Merkel got 364 votes in favour when she needed a minimum of 355, while 315 deputies voted against, nine abstained and four invalid votes were registered.

The sum of conservatives and social democrats is 399 seats, so 35 of these deputies have not supported the chancellor.

“I accept the vote”, Merkel said after the voting.

The president of the chamber, Wolfgang Schäuble, has wished him “strength and success” to face the great tasks of the legislature.

Merkel was then formally appointed chancellor by the country’s president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and then returned to Parliament to swear his oath.

The chancellor has thus put an end to the almost six months of political blockade that followed the elections last September.

The elections left a fragmented parliament and few options to form a stable government by the fall of the great parties and the rise of the extreme right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD).

In the new Executive, the conservatives will have nine post of Ministers and Social Democrats will have six. (March 15, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
Principalmente, la noticia habla…
A
de los resultados de las últimas elecciones en Alemania.
B
de la investidura de Angela Merkel como canciller de Alemania.
C
de un acuerdo alcanzado entre conservadores y socialdemócratas.
Question 2
Según el texto, Merkel…
A
vuelve a ser canciller de Alemania por cuarta vez.
B
fue investida este miércoles canciller de Alemania por primera vez.
C
nunca ha sido canciller de Alemania.
Question 3
Sobre la votación de la investidura se dice que…
A
Merkel no logró el apoyo de la mayoría de los diputados.
B
todos los diputados votaron a favor de Merkel.
C
la mayoría de los diputados votaron a favor de Merkel.
Question 4
Merkel ha jurado su cargo de canciller en el Parlamento de Alemania.
A
Así es.
B
No se sabe.
C
Falso.
Question 5
Según el texto, Merkel…
A
ha sido elegida canciller gracias al apoyo de los socialdemócratas.
B
no ha recibido el apoyo de los socialdemócratas en esta investidura.
C
no ha necesitado el apoyo de otro partido político para ser investida canciller.
Question 6
El partido de Merkel va a ocuparse de nueve ministerios en esta legislatura.
A
Es verdad.
B
¡Imposible saberlo!
C
Es mentira.
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