London, Sep 23: Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party has won Germany’s election, but did not gain an absolute majority.
Merkel earlier urged her party to celebrate a super result after she won for a historic third term.
Her Christian Democrats (CDU) bloc took about 42 percent of the vote, the BBC reports.
Merkel might have to seek a grand coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD), who won about 26 percent of the vote.
CDU parliamentary group leader Volker Kauder said that the party ‘has a clear mandate from voters to form a government’.
According to the report, the results showed that the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) won only 4.8 percent,
which is a disaster for the junior coalition partner.
Merkel has made clear she would be prepared to work with the Social Democrats (SPD) in a grand coalition, as she did in 2005-09. (ANI)