German Social Democratic Party Slightly Beats Merkel: Preliminary Results


According to the primaries, Germany’s central left Social Democratic Party on Sunday won the first national elections since 2005 slightly, ending 16 years of conservative rule under Chancellor Angela Merkel.

according to data The Social Democratic Party (SPD), announced by the German Federal Election Commission on Monday morning, won 25.7% of the votes, surpassing 24.1% of Merkel’s CDU / CSU conservatives. Greens came in at 14.8 percent — their best ever result — and the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) was at 11.5 percent.

Social Democratic candidate Olaf Scholz said the outcome of the election was “a very clear mission to ensure that a good and practical government was put together for Germany.”

Former Hamburg mayor Scholz, 63, now has to reach out to smaller political parties to form a coalition and secure a majority in parliament. He said he wanted to do so before Christmas, but his conservative rival Armin Laschet, 60, said he would form a government despite his second arrival. He said he believed he could try.

Chancellor Angela Merkel will continue to be in office during the coalition negotiations.

The SPD is likely to seek an alliance between the Greens and the FDP, but both parties can also work with conservatives.

“The SPD is in the first place. SPD Secretary-General Lars Klingvale told ARD TV that the party would fight to ensure that Scholz would be the next prime minister.

Mr. Scholz said Mr. Scholz would meet with the Greens and the FDP on Monday to discuss the formation of the next government.

Elections for the new prime minister of the country will only take place until a coalition government is formed. This process can take several months.

“It would be ridiculous to specify the exact date, but it must be true that we are doing everything to make sure we are ready before Christmas. A little early. It’s a good time, “Scholz said on Sunday night.

“We have what we need to govern the country,” Scholz added. “Wait for the final result. Then get to work.”

Rachette likewise called for a “certain” government to be formed before Christmas.

“I can’t be happy with the outcome of the election,” Rachette said.

“Germans now need a future coalition to modernize our country, so we will do everything we can to build a conservative government,” he added. “Probably the first time we have a government with three partners.”

Reuters contributed to this report.

Isabelle van Brugen

Isabelle van Brugen



Isabel van Brugen is an award-winning journalist and currently a news reporter for The Epoch Times. She holds a master’s degree in newspaper journalism from City, University of London.