Angela Merkel, who has been Chancellor of Germany since November 2005, officially ceased to be the head of the German government.

On October 26, on the day of the founding meeting of the Bundestag of the new 20th convocation, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier presented Merkel and her cabinet members with official certificates of termination of their powers, Deutsche Welle reports. As Steinmeier noted, Merkel’s chancellorship can be attributed to the most significant in the country’s history.

According to the Constitution, Merkel and the rest of the government members will perform their functions as acting – until a new government is formed in Germany.

Parliamentary elections in Germany were held on September 26. According to their results, the Social Democratic Party led by Olaf Scholz won. Merkel’s CDU/CSU party alliance came in second place. Negotiations on the formation of a government are currently being conducted by the Social Democrats, the Greens, and the Free Democratic Party of Germany.