Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated German Chancellor Angela Merkel on winning a fourth term. Buhari expressed on Twitter that she has shown a strong leadership character.
“I congratulate Chancellor Merkel on her electoral victory, and wish her a successful tenure ahead,- Buhari said.
“She has won a well-deserved opportunity to continue the strong leadership she has shown in domestic and International matters.”
Sunday’s election saw Angela Merkel comes first in Germany’s election. The vote also showed the rise of a nationalist, anti-migrant party. According to reports, more than 60 million Germans were eligible to vote in Sunday’s federal election.
French President Emmanuel Macron has also congratulated Angela Merkel on the victory. Macron said on Twitter he had a phone call with Merkel overnight.
He wrote: “We will resolutely continue our cooperation that is essential for Europe and our countries.”
Macron is expected to make a big speech on Tuesday to present his detailed proposals to reform the European Union.
Angela Dorothea Merkel is a German politician and the Chancellor of Germany since 2005. She has also been the leader of the Christian Democratic Union since 2000. Merkel has been widely described as the de facto leader of the European Union, and the leader of the Free World.
Merkel was born in Hamburg to parents of Polish and German descent, and moved to East Germany as an infant when her father, a Lutheran priest, received a pastorate in Perleberg. She obtained a doctorate in quantum chemistry in 1986 and worked as a research scientist until 1989. She entered politics in the wake of the Revolutions of 1989, and briefly served as a deputy spokesperson for the first democratically elected East German Government headed by Lothar de Maizière in 1990. Following German reunification in 1990, Merkel was elected to the Bundestag for the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and has been reelected ever since. As the protégée of Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Merkel was appointed as the Federal Minister for Women and Youth in Kohl’s government in 1991, and became the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in 1994. After her party lost the federal election in 1998, Merkel was elected Secretary-General of the CDU before becoming the party’s first female leader two years later in the aftermath of a donations scandal that toppled Wolfgang Schäuble.
Following the 2005 federal election, Merkel was appointed Germany’s first female Chancellor at the head of a grand coalition consisting of the CDU, its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), and the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). In the 2009 federal election, the CDU obtained the largest share of the vote and Merkel was able to form a coalition government with the support of the Free Democratic Party (FDP). At the 2013 federal election, Merkel’s CDU won a landslide victory with 41.5% of the vote and formed a second grand coalition with the SPD, after the FDP lost all of its representation in the Bundestag. In the 2017 federal election the CDU again became the largest party; Merkel is expected to form a Jamaica coalition with the liberals and the greens.
In 2007, Merkel was President of the European Council and played a central role in the negotiation of the Treaty of Lisbon and the Berlin Declaration. One of Merkel’s consistent priorities has been to strengthen transatlantic economic relations. Merkel played a crucial role in managing the financial crisis at the European and international level, and she has been referred to as “the decider.” In domestic policy, health care reform, problems concerning future energy development and more recently her government’s approach to the ongoing migrant crisis have been major issues during her Chancellorship. On 26 March 2014, Merkel became the longest-serving incumbent head of government in the European Union and she is currently the senior G7 leader. (Wikipedia)