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German Elections: voting underway

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German Elections: voting underway


Members from Germany’s vast array of parties were out voting today along with the rest of the German electorate.

Germany’s Free Democrat leader Guido Westerwelle cast his ballot in Bonn. He is hoping that his FDP party (Free Democratic Party) will gather enough votes to form a centre-right coaliton with Angela Merkel’s CDU party (The Christian Democratic Union). A coalition the current Chancellor says she needs to revive Europe’s largest economy. But a poll on Friday suggested another stalement with the combined CDU-FDP vote exactly level with that of the Social Democratic Party, the Green Party and the far-left “Linke” party. There are 29 political parties in Germany and in contrast to many other countries, Germans do not elect their leaders directly but vote for parties. As no one party is usually strong enough to achieve a majority on its own, coalition governments have ruled the country for 40 years. The outcome of the election is therefore expected to result in another coalition – still with Angela Merkel at the head of government.

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