Exit polls showed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her preferred partner, the Free Democrats (FDP), won Sunday's general election and they are planning a new government for the next four years.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union party (CDU), waves to supporters after first exit polls in the German general election at CDU headquarters in Berlin Sept. 27, 2009. Merkel's party the Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and her preferred partner the Free Democrats (FDP) jointly won 48.3 percent of votes in the general election on Sunday, assuring the two parties of winning a clear majority to form a new coalition government, exit poll results said.
Although the outcome of the election partly fits prediction of local political analysts, it has also brought some upsets. All in all, the election has changed the political landscape in the biggest economy of Europe.
MERKEL CLINCHES NARROW VICTORY
Merkel's conservative party, the Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU),and the FDP jointly won 48.3 percent of the vote in Sunday's general election. Thus, the two parties secured a clear majority to form a new coalition government, exit poll results showed.