Germany's Angela Merkel wins absolute majority: projections

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday that her conservative party will do everything to make the next four years successful for her country after what appears to be an election victory.

Merkel on Sunday hailed a “super result” after her party looked to achieve the best election outcome in over 20 years.

German television projections Sunday showed a lead by a wide margin for Merkel’s conservative Union bloc over rival Peer Steinbrueck’s Social Democrats.

Exit polls indicated her Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU) winning 42 to 42.5 percent of the vote. Steinbrueck’s party came in second place with around 26 percent.

But Merkel’s coalition partners for the past four years, the pro-business Free Democrats, are in danger of losing their seats in Parliament.

The threat of losing coalition members could threaten Merkel’s position to govern Germany with in a third four-year term.

Merkel’s challenger Steinbrueck said his party did not achieve its expected results.

“The ball is in Ms. Merkel’s court. She has to get herself a majority,” he said.

(With the Associated Press, Reuters and AFP)

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