After months of political limbo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative alliance appears set to form a coalition government with its main rival, the Social Democratic Party (SPD).

Representatives from Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, alongside partners from the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) party, agreed terms with SPD negotiators today.

It follows an extended period of political uncertainty caused by the results of a federal election in September 2017, in which no party won a majority share of the vote.

Under the terms of today’s agreement, Merkel will continue as chancellor for a fourth successive term, according to the state broadcaster.

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