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's CDU 'on course' for historic election win

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party is on course to win an historic absolute majority in the German election, according to a projection based on exit polls and some results from broadcaster ARD.

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

The projection puts the CDU on 42.5% - just above the combined total for the other parties who together scored 41.6%, Reuters reported.

The last time a German party won an absolute majority was in 1957 with conservative leader Konrad Adenauer.

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