Exit polls show that Angela’s Merkel’s CDU party (The Christian Democratic Union) has won 33.8% of the vote (down from 35.2% in 2005.)
Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s SPD party (Social Democratic Party) won 23.1% of the vote (down from 34.2% in 2005).
Guido Westerwelle’s FDP Free Democratic Party have won 14.6% (up from 9.8% last time) and the Greens have polled 10% (up from 8% last time).
The far left polled 13% which is up from 8.7% last time.
Voter turnout is estimated to be around 72.5% down from 77.7% in the last elections in 2005.
The win for the CDU is not unexpected, but the Socialist Party has performed worse than expected, meaning that the CDU will now be able to form a coalition government with the FDP instead of the Socialist Party. If this happens the socialists will find themselves out of power in Germany for the first time in 11 years following their worst election results in 40 years and German politics will veer to the right.
The turnout was the worst ever and reflects a country undergoing rapid change. Commentators point out that Germany is no longer divided neatly into conservative employers and socialist workers, but that there are many more (and more complex)groupings, and along with many other countries in Europe, voter apathy is increasing.
The exit poll results should be confirmed later this evening.
by Samantha David