Daily US Times: Social Democratic Party (SPD), Germany’s centre-left political party, has narrowly won the country’s general election, beating the outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel party, according to preliminary results.
The SPD secured 25.7% of the total vote, while the ruling conservative bloc gained 24.1%.
The Greens achieved the best result in their history, coming in third with 14.8% of the vote.
To form a government, a coalition must now be created.
Earlier the day, SDP leader Olaf Scholz said his party had a clear mandate to rule, as his party started to edge into the lead.
Exit polls suggested a dead heat in the federal election, but this election has been unpredictable from the start, and the result of the election was never going to be the end of the story. For one thing, the outgoing chancellor Angela Merkel is going nowhere until the coalition is formed – and that may have to wait until Christmas.
The successor’s task is to lead Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, over the next four years, with climate change at the top of voters’ agenda.
SPD leader Mr Scholz’s supporters greeted him with joy, but it was only later when his party edged into the lead that he told a televised audience the voters had given him the job of forming a “good, pragmatic government for Germany”.
His conservative rival hit back, arguing his party was about forging a coalition, not about getting “an arithmetic majority”. Winner does not take all, in other words.
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