With all 299 constituencies reporting, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party the CSU came out ahead in Germany's national election on Sunday, with 33 % of the vote. This was reported by Deutsche Welle.
Rival Social Democrats (SPD) led by Martin Schulz tumbled to a mere 20,5 percent, while the Green and Left parties remained about the same as they did in 2013, each with 8,9 and 9,2 percent, respectively.
The only real success stories of the night were for the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD). After failing to make the 5-percent hurdle to enter the Bundestag last time around, the FDP managed a 10,7 percent to cement its comeback.
Angela Merkel has won a fourth term, but official results have shown she'll have a "tough road" for coalition talks. While the CDU remains the largest party, the far-right AfD will be the third biggest political force.
The final results of voting will be officially announced approximately a week after the election.
As it was reported earlier we reported that in a number of German provinces, voter turnout exceeded the figures registered during past parliamentary elections. These are the data regarding individual election commissions.
In particular, in North Rhine-Westphalia, as of 12:00, about 40% of voters already voted, while in the 2013 elections this figure was 37%.
In the capital of the country, Berlin by 12.00 voted 27.2% of citizens, which is 0.1% higher than four years ago.
In Hamburg, 37.4% of the citizens voted (35.4% in the previous elections), in Munich, by the afternoon, 57.1% of voters came to polling stations, which is 12.8% more than in the previous elections.