Germany: SPD votes 'yes' to coalition with Merkel

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Germany: SPD votes 'yes' to coalition with Merkel

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Members of Germany’s Social Democrat Party (SPD) have voted in favour joining Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives in government.

A coalition deal was hammered out last month, but the SPD gave its members the final say – in a referendum vote.

76 percent voted yes to joining Merkel’s government.

Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU) won a decisive victory in September’s election – but fell short of a majority.

Negotiations with the SPD have taken months.

Germany’s new ministers are expected to be announced over the next few days, while Merkel is set to be voted in by parliament on Tuesday, December 17 for a third term as Chancellor.