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: 'Too early to say how we will proceed'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said it is "too early to say exactly how we will proceed" in forming a government.

If her current coalition lacks a majority and her party cannot govern alone, the likeliest outcome is a Merkel-led alliance with the Social Democrats, the Associated Press reported.

SPD chancellor candidate Peer Steinbruck tonight. Credit: Kay Nietfeld/DPA/Press Association Images

The two are traditionally rivals, but governed Germany together in Merkel's first term after an inconclusive 2005 election.

"The ball is in Merkel's court," her center-left challenger, Peer Steinbruck, said. "She has to get herself a majority."

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