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Angela Merkel wins third term

Angela Merkel has won a historic third term as chancellor after her party won Germany's election, but fell short of an absolute majority.

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Initial exit polls results show Merkel's CDU on 42%

An exit poll indicates that Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) have emerged are leading the German election by a wide margin, though it is unclear whether her coalition partners will stay in Parliament.

The ARD television exit poll suggests:

  • CDU - 42%
  • Social Democrats - 26%
  • Left Party - 8.5%
  • Greens - 8%
  • Free Democrats - 4.7%

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