The German elections ended in a narrow victory, with two parties believing they had the right to form a new government after failing to secure a majority.
The left-wing Social Democratic Party (SPD) has won the most seats and will start negotiations to form a coalition government, with the Greens or the Liberal Democrats in the lead.
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SPD leader Olaf Scholz said he had a “clear mandate” to form a government, but his rival Armin Laschet insisted he would instead be the one to form a coalition government, the government reported. BBC.
“It’s pretty clear that we have a mandate to form a government with the parties that saw their share of the vote increase in this election – the SPD, the Greens and the FDP,” Scholz told party supporters in Berlin.
Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) lost 10 seats, winning 196 in total. The Green Party won around 118 seats and the Free Democrats (FDP) won 92 seats, leaving them in pole position for the coalition deal.
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“We have a clear mandate and we will try to form a government under conservative leadership,” Laschet said on Sunday evening.
However, Scholz responded to Laschet’s comment by saying, “Parties that lose elections should not try to form governments.
Any coalition deal would require the cooperation of the Green Party and the FDP, as a majority requires 368 votes.
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The SPD’s victory over the CDU is its first in 19 years and only the third in 20 post-war elections, The Independent reported.
Merkel warned that a socialist government could “strangle” businesses and isolate Germany globally, urging voters to think “about your future” as they head to the polls.
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So the result took some by surprise, with President Biden saying “I will be damned” when a reporter told him about the result, Bloomberg reported.
“They’re solid,” Biden told reporters.