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Merkel HUMILIATION: CDU haemorrhages votes in Hesse election as opposition make HUGE gains

October 28, 2018 6:33 PM
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Merkel HUMILIATION: CDU haemorrhages votes in Hesse election as opposition make HUGE gains

ANGELA Merkel’s conservatives and her coalition allies have suffered humiliating losses in a regional election in the western state of Hesse as her shaky government teeters on the brink of collapse.

An exit poll from German broadcaster ARD shows Ms Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) came first with 28 percent of the vote - a huge drop from the 38.3 percent it received in 2013.

The Chancellor’s junior coalition partner, the SPD, won 20 percent - down from 30.7 percent from 2013 election.

And just an hour after the poll revealed support for the SPD has plummeted, the party announced it would consider its future as part of Ms Merkel's government next year.

The ecologist Greens narrowly missed out on second place with 19.5 percent of the vote, according to the exit poll.

And the right-wing AfD looks set to enter the Hesse regional government for the first time after securing 12 percent of the vote.

The regional government in Hesse, which includes the financial hub of Frankfurt, is currently controlled by a coalition of Ms Merkel's CDU and the Greens, and the exit poll results suggest the two parties can continue governing.

But the preliminary results will pile pressure on the Chancellor's 'grand coalition' in Berlin, which is made up of the CDU, its Bavarian sister party the CSU, and the centre-left SPD.

The reluctant alliance was formed after months of failed talks and its stability has been tested after a series of public rows between high-level figures in recent months.

Source: express.co.uk

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