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Merkel to take over as Germany’s first woman chancellor on Tuesday

Angela Merkel is to be elected as Germany’s first woman chancellor on Tuesday at the head of a coalition government tasked with turning...

Angela Merkel is to be elected as Germany’s first woman chancellor on Tuesday at the head of a coalition government tasked with turning around an ailing economy.

Two months later than she hoped, the Parliament will vote to make Merkel the first woman leader of a major European country since Edith Cresson’s brief stint as the French Prime Minister in early 1990s.

Having seen off the challenge of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder who initially refused to stand down, Merkel faces a daunting task to revive the biggest economy in the EU. She has said her government will be judged on its record of bringing down the unemployment rate.

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