Merkel wins 4th term as German Chancellor

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has won a fourth term in office after getting the most votes in the recent elections.

Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union party secured 33 percent of the vote on Sunday, down about nine percent compared to the last election in 2013.

Their main rival and current coalition partner, the centre-left Social Democrats led by Martin Schulz, got around 21 percent of the vote – their worst result in post-war Germany.

But the biggest change to Germany’s political scene was the emergence of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party as the country’s third biggest political force with 12.6 percent of the vote.

Mrs Merkel must now find coalition partners. She must also persuade her country – perhaps some within her party – that’s she is the right woman for the job.

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