Merkel wins 4th term as German chancellor

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Germans voted Sunday to give Chancellor Angela Merkel her fourth term. Her center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister-party the Christian Social Union (CSU) won 32.5 percent of Bundestag seats, down from 41.5 percent in the last election in 2013 but still forming the largest bloc. Merkel’s bloc now heads into what could be months of talks to form a ruling coalition with rival parties. Exit polling suggests the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party — which campaigned on a populist, anti-immigration message — will claim about 13.5 percent of the vote, entering Parliament for the first time and making it the third-largest of the six parties represented in the Bundestag. Merkel said she had hoped for a “better result” and expects “extraordinary challenges” ahead.

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