Angela Merkel’s coalition wins parliamentary elections in Germany

Angela Merkel’s coalition wins parliamentary elections in Germany
# 28 September 2009 09:28 (UTC +04:00)
The coalition led by CDU leader Chancellor Angel Merkel won 33 % of votes. Their close ally Free Democratic Party won 15%, which gave majority to the rightist parties in the Bundestag.

CDU’s partner in the government coalition – Social Democratic Party (SPD) has reached poorest results since the World War II – 22-23%. The party’s nominee for the Chancellor Frank Walter Steinmeier accepted his defeat and said Merkel’s majority could form new government without social-democrats. He called September 27 a painful day of the German social-democrats and said they didn’t believe in success of the new government. SPD leader Franz Muntefering said they would continue activity in the opposition and struggle against the forces attempted to abolish social system.

Merkel said she would be a Chancellor of all German people and continue to be a people’s party for both young and old people.

The Green Party co-chaired by Turkish Cem Ozdemir gained more than 10 %, which is higher than previous election results. Ozdemir was not elected to the parliament, but three other ethnic Turks - Ekin Deligoz from the Green Party, Sevim Dagdelen from the Leftist Party and Serkan Toren from the Free Democratic Party - won the parliament seats.
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