German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been re-elected for a fourth term in federal elections, exit polls suggest. Pascale Davies reports.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to be reelected for a fourth term in office. That according to exit polls - suggesting the country will once again place its trust in the experienced chancellor and her centre-right Christian Democrat-led bloc. Her CDU party is on track to win 32.5 percent of votes, making them by far the largest parliamentary group. But Merkel must now form a two way coalition, which could take months as all potential partners are unsure whether they want to share power with her. CDU's closest rivals, the center-left Social Democrats, led by Martin Schulz, slumped to 20 percent - a new post-war low. The exit poll also showing the rightwing populist Alternatives for Germany coming third and collecting 13.5% of the vote, which could give the country its first substantial rightwing parliamentary faction since the Nazis.