German elections: Social Democrats beat Merkel's bloc

Source : 112 Ukraine

SPD won 25.7% of the vote
08:05, 27 September 2021

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Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) has won the most seats in the country's federal election, preliminary results show. It is reported by CNN.

The SPD claimed a narrow victory over the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the centrist-right, conservative party of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to the "Federal Returning Officer" (Der Bundeswahlleiter) responsible for overseeing Federal elections.

The Federal Returning Officer website said the SPD won 25.7% of the vote, followed by the CDU/CSU bloc which garnered 24.1%, and the Green Party with 14.8% of votes, after a count of all 299 of Germany's "constituencies" or electoral districts.

The SPD will now begin negotiations to form the new government, a process that could take weeks - or even months. After Merkel's election win in September 2017, it took more than five months for a government to be formed.

Though the preliminary count gives the SPD a small lead over its closest rivals, the results mark a significant improvement for the party that took 20.5% of the vote in the last election in 2017.

Related: Parliamentary elections in Germany: Polling stations opened

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