Sunday, 24 September 2017

Far-right gains as Angela Merkel's party wins biggest share in German election

 
 
Angela Merkel is set for a fourth term as Germany's chancellor, according to exit polls.
 
However, the poll suggests the anti-immigration Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party will enter the national parliament for the first time.
 
 
Mrs Merkel's CDU/CSU alliance took between 32.5 and 33.5%, well ahead of the second placed Social Democratic Party with 20-21% which would be its worst result since World War Two.


But in a major shock, the AfD took 13 to 13.5% support in Sunday's vote making it the country's third biggest political force.


It is now heading for the opposition benches of the Bundestag lower house - the first time a hard-right openly anti-immigration party with so many seats has entered parliament since World War Two.


The four-year-old party has links to the far-right French National Front and Britain's UKIP.


Supporters of AfD cheered as the exit poll results were announced and co-leader Alexander Gauland vowed they would "change this country."


AfD co-leader Alice Weidel told supporters "millions of voters have entrusted us with the task of constructive opposition work in parliament".





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