November 22, 2005

Merkel confirmed as chancellor: source

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel received broad backing in
a vote in parliament on Tuesday to become Germany's first woman
chancellor, a parliamentary source said.

The conservative Merkel won 397 votes in the 614-seat
Bundestag lower house of parliament, the source said -- easily
securing the majority she needed to become Germany's eighth
post-war chancellor and the first to have grown up in the
former communist east.

She and her cross-party cabinet of conservatives and Social
Democrats (SPD) will be sworn in later on Tuesday, formally
taking over from the SPD-Greens government that Gerhard
Schroeder has led for the past seven years.