Shell shareholders approve $49B BG takeover

Shareholders of Royal Dutch Shell approved the company's $49 billion takeover of smaller rival BG Group at a special stakeholder meeting in The Hague on Wednesday.

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As many as 83.08 percent of shareholders voted in favor of the deal, one of the largest in the energy sector in the past decade.

A total of 16.92 percent of shareholders opposed the deal. Shell needed a majority of positive shareholder votes to seal the deal. Follow CNBC International on Twitter and Facebook.