The CDU / CSU and the Social Democrats each won 25 percent of the vote in the parliamentary elections in Germany. This is evidenced by the results of exit polls conducted by the German TV channel ARD.
According to preliminary data, the distribution of seats in the Bundestag is as follows: CDU / CSU – 200, SPD – 197, Greens – 119, Free Democratic Party – 87, Alternative for Germany – 87, Left Party – 39.
The Greens received 15 percent of the vote, the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the far-right Alternative Germany each 11 percent.
5 percent of voters cast their votes for the Left Party.
Meanwhile, CDU / CSU candidate for Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Armin Laschet announced his readiness to negotiate a coalition, provided that the new government is headed by Christian Democrats.
In Germany, elections to the Bundestag (federal assembly, parliament) are held on Sunday. The Germans will have to determine the future of the country without Merkel.
Polling stations opened at 08:00 local time (09:00 Turkish time) and will close at 18:00 (19:00).
60.4 million people have the right to vote, including 31.2 million women and 29.2 million men.
For the first time, 2.8 million Germans will exercise their right to vote.
6,211 candidates – representatives of 47 parties – compete for 709 seats in the federal assembly. Moreover, more than 100 candidates are of Turkish origin. It is expected that 20 of them will go to the 20th Bundestag.
Acting Chancellor Angela Merkel does not run for the Bundestag for the first time in 16 years. A candidate from the CDU / CSU (an alliance of two conservative parties in Germany: the Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union), 60-year-old Armin Laschet, who is also the head of the ruling CDU, is running for the post of Federal Chancellor; SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany) candidate, finance minister 63-year-old Olaf Scholz; and Soyuz 90 / Green party candidate 40-year-old Annalena Berbock.
According to the polls, the main struggle will unfold between the CDU / CSU and the Social Democrats.
In 2017, the CDU / CSU won 32.9 percent of the vote, SPD 20.5 percent, Alternative for Germany (AfD) 12.6 percent, Free Democratic Party of Germany (FDP) 10.7 percent, the Left Party – 9.2 percent, the Greens – 8.9 percent.
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