Germany: Preliminary election results give SPD most seats

Source: CNN

“Germany’s left-leaning Social Democratic Party (SPD) has won the most seats in the country’s federal election, preliminary results show, but it will be some time before the makeup of the new government is known. The SPD claimed a narrow victory over the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the centrist-right, conservative party of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to the ‘Federal Returning Officer’ (Der Bundeswahlleiter) responsible for overseeing Federal elections. The Federal Returning Officer website said the SPD won 25.7% of the vote, followed by the CDU/CSU bloc which garnered 24.1%, and the Green Party with 14.8% of votes, after a count of all 299 of Germany’s ‘constituencies’ or electoral districts. The election ends Merkel’s 16-year stint in the top job, but her successor won’t be decided until a coalition deal is negotiated.” (09/27/21)