Germany's parliament on Wednesday voted in Angela Merkel to a fourth term as the country's chancellor, heading a "grand coalition" of conservative and center-left parties.
Merkel was re-elected by the comfortable margin of 364 votes to 315 in the German legislature, and she has since said she accepted the investiture, which is likely to be her final term.
"I accept the vote", a beaming Merkel, 63, told lawmakers.
But her authority was dented by her decision in 2015 to commit Germany to an open-door policy on migration, resulting in an influx of more than one million people.
This will be the third "grand coalition" between the ruling CDU and the SPD since 2005.
Chancellor Angela Merkel promised Monday to work for a strong Europe and said she's hopeful talks can resolve the standoff over USA tariffs, declaring "it's finally time to start work" as Germany's new government prepares to take office.
Ministers will then be sworn in later in the day - nearly six months after last September's national election in which both coalition partners lost support to the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).
Ms Merkel is to be formally appointed by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier before taking the oath of office later this morning.
Fault lines have emerged in the new government even before its first cabinet meeting, with tensions evident over the sequencing and extent of reforms.
This way, nothing can interfere the formation of the government coalition.
The coalition led to political instability and German business leaders also expressed concern over the effect due to this. At the begging of February, the leaders of CDU/CSU agreed on the text of the coalition agreement, but Social Democrats made a condition: the agreement may be signed if rank-and-file party members approve it.