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Right-wing AfD beats Merkel party in regional elections – exit polls

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Wolfgang Schäuble and Angela Merkel

Wolfgang Schäuble and Angela Merkel. Photo: Tobias Koch - OTRS.


The right-wing, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party (AfD) has placed second in state elections, ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in her home state, exit polls say.

According to the latest estimates by the German ZDF channel, the AfD has received over 21 percent of the vote in the local elections in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has so far placed third, gaining 19 percent of the votes, compared to 23 in the previous elections in 2011. The ruling Socialist Democratic Party (SPD) has garnered 30 percent, which is 5 percent less than four years ago.

Full story: rt.com


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