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Associated Press
Berlin, December 04, 2012
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been re-elected as her party's leader with a landslide majority of 98% of the vote. The backing by the delegates of her conservative Christian Democratic Union on Tuesday gives Merkel a strong mandate to pursue her policies in fighting off Europe's debt crisis and contesting the national elections due next year.

"I'm flabbergasted and moved," Merkel told a cheering audience at her party's annual convention in Hannover.

Merkel has led the party since 2000 and has governed Europe's biggest economy as the country's first female chancellor since 2005.