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Angela Merkel wins fourth term, historic breakthrough for far-right: exit polls

Mon, Sep 25 2017, 10:42 AM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set return for a fourth term, with her alliance of Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union securing 32.9% of votes, according to exit polls. That would make it the largest party in Parliament but with the lowest share in federal elections since 1949. The Alternative for Germany won 13.1% of the votes, and is predicted to become the first far-right party to have seats in the Bundestag since 1960. The CDU/CSU alliance’s outgoing coalition partner, the Social Democratic Party, which won a little over a fifth of the votes, says it will go into opposition.