German Elections – Angela Merkel Wins Fourth Term

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German chancellor Angela Merkel has won a fourth term in office after her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) won the largest percentage of seats once again in elections held Sunday.
The CDU finished with 33% of seats in Parliament, enough to ensure they remain the majority party in the legislature.
Despite the win, the result is a mini upset as it is the worst performance of Merkel’s party in all four elections she has led it to.
The Social Democrats (SPD) came second with 20.5% of seats, whilst the far right, Trumpian AfD placed third with 12.6%.

SPD, which has been Merkel’s partners in government, have announced that they wouldn’t form a coalition with her anymore, forcing her to look elsewhere to get the majority required to form the new government.
Merkel is however expected to get that done, guaranteeing her another four years in office as Chancellor.
Germany, like the UK, runs a parliamentary democracy, where the leader of the majority party in Parliament automatically becomes the head of government.

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