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Merkel wins in Germany, 'grand coalition' likely: Exit polls

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wins elections with a 42 percent majority; whether she will retain her role in centre-right coalition yet unclear

AFP , Sunday 22 Sep 2013
German Chancellor and leader of Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer arrive to vote in the German general election (Bundestagswahl) at a polling station in Berlin, 22 September, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a third term in elections Sunday but her conservatives may be forced to govern in a "grand coalition" with the centre-left Social Democrats, exit polls showed.

Merkel's previous junior partners, the pro-business Free Democrats, narrowly failed to re-enter the parliament, ARD and ZDF public television said immediately after polling booths closed.

The exit polls gave Merkel's conservatives at least 42 percent, the Social Democrats about 26 percent, but the Free Democrats just below the five percent needed to re-enter parliament.

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