BBC: Angela Merkel's CDU 'suffers Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania poll blow'

Source : 112 Ukraine

Angela Merkel's ruling CDU party has been beaten into third place by an anti-immigrant and anti-Islam party in elections in a north-eastern German state, TV exit polls suggest
20:23, 4 September 2016

The Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party took 21% of the vote behind the centre-left SPD's 30.5%.

The German chancellor's CDU was supported by only 19% of those who voted, according to the exit polls.

The vote was seen as a key test before German parliamentary elections in 2017.

Before the vote in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, all of Germany's other parties ruled out forming a governing coalition with the AfD.

However, the party's strong showing could weaken Mrs Merkel ahead of the national elections next year.

Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, in the former East Germany, is where the chancellor's own constituency is located.

Under her leadership, Germany has been taking in large numbers of refugees and migrants - 1.1 million last year - and anti-immigrant feeling has increased.

The AfD, initially an anti-euro party, has become the party of choice for voters dismayed by Mrs Merkel's policy.

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