Merkel victory in German election

Official results confirm that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives have won Germany’s election but indicate they have finished short of an absolute majority.

Merkel victory in German election

Official results confirm that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives have won Germany’s election but indicate they have finished short of an absolute majority.

Her centre-right coalition partners crashed out of Parliament.

Ms Merkel’s conservative Union bloc won 41.5% of yesterday’s vote. Its coalition partners, the pro-business Free Democrats, slumped to 4.8% – not enough to win seats.

Challenger Peer Steinbrueck’s Social Democrats won 25.7%, their Green allies 8.4% and the hardline Left Party 8.6%.

Election officials did not immediately provide a seat tally but Ms Merkel’s conservatives are 1.2 percentage points behind the other parties combined.

The most likely outcome is a Merkel-led coalition with the Social Democrats.

Election officials later said that Ms Merkel's bloc won the largest number of seats, but fell just short of a majority, which would have been 316 of the 630 seats.

Seats were allocated as follows:

Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union: 311 seats

Social Democratic Party: 192 seats

The Left: 64 seats

Green Party: 63 seats

None of the other parties won enough votes to claim seats.

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