Merkel on track in German election

Merkel on track in German election

An exit poll tonight showed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives have emerged from Germany’s election as the strongest party and are on track to form a new centre-right government.

Ms Merkel, a conservative, was seeking a second four-year term in today’s parliamentary election.

She also wanted to end her “grand coalition” with the centre-left Social Democrats of challenger Frank-Walter Steinmeier and form a new government with the centre-right Free Democrats.

An ARD television exit poll puts support for Ms Merkel’s Christian Democrats at 33.5% and 22.5 for the Social Democrats. It has the Free Democrats at 15%, the Left Party at 12.5% and the Greens at 10.5%.

ARD says the conservatives and Free Democrats should have a majority in parliament

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