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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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Merkel hails 'super result' in German elections

Chancellor Angela Merkel told her supporters, "This is a super result," after exit polls suggested a triumphant election win for her party.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts to first results of the 2013 German federal elections Credit: Michael Kappeler/DPA/Press Association Images

Projections from German broadcasters ARD and ZDF show a wide lead for Merkel's Christian Democratic Union against challenger Peer Steinbruck's Social Democrats.

Merkel said her party will do "everything" to make the next four years successful for Germany .

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