Merkel Vies 3rd Term in Office in Germany Elections
Germans are going to the polls Sunday to vote in key general elections in which current Chancellor Angela Merkel is running for a third term to lead the most powerful economy on the Old Continent.
Pollsters say results show that Merkel's Christian Democrats, (CDU/CSU) may take the largest number of seats in the German Parliament - the Bundestag, The BBC reports.
Merkel's coalition partners, however - the Free Democrats, (FDP) may not manage to reach the 5% threshold required to win Bundestag seats.
This could lead to a coalition with the Christian Democrats' main rival, the Social Democrats, (SDP), of Peer Steinbrueck. There is also a possible coalition with the Green parties.
Under another scenario, a new party largely formed from disaffected CDU members could get enough votes to be regarded as a different coalition partner. Alternative for Deutschland (AfD), as it is known, is avowedly anti-euro and could prove a difficult one, analysts say.
Polls opened at 8:00 am local time and will close at 4:00 pm.
Elections in Germany are often followed by a period of several weeks of coalition talks before the final shape of the government emerges, The BBC reminds.
According to an average of opinion polls, the CDU/CSU will get 38.6% of the vote to 25.8% for the SPD and 6.4% for the FDP.
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