Germany election ends in narrow victory, two parties claim ‘clear mandate’ to form coalition

9/27/21
 
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from FoxNews,
9/27/21:

Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel warned voters of a swing to the left.

Germany’s election ended in a narrow victory, with two parties believing they have the right to form a new government after both fell short of a majority.

The left-leaning Social Democratic Party (SPD) won the most seats and will begin negotiations to form a coalition government, with the Green or the Liberal Democrat parties as the front-runners.

SPD Leader Olaf Scholz said he has a “clear mandate” to form a government, but his rival Armin Laschet insisted he will be the one to form a coalition government instead, the BBC reported.

Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) fell short by 10 seats, winning 196 overall. The Green Party won around 118 seats and the Free Democrats (FDP) won 92 seats, leaving them in pole position for the coalition deal.

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