Merkel announces coalition govt

2009-10-24 12:26

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced a new, centre-right government with the Free Democrats, saying the new coalition will "bravely solve the problems that are lying ahead of us".

Merkel's Christian Democrats, their Bavarian-only sister party Christian Social Union and the pro-business Free Democrats came to a coalition agreement early on Saturday morning after nearly four weeks of negotiations following the September 27 election.

Guido Westerwelle, the leader of the Free Democrats, said at a joint news conference with Merkel that the new coalition agreement was "a great compass for our country".