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German Elections: Preliminary Results Reveal Angela Merkel's Party Defeated

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Merkel was Chancellor of Germany for 16 years

Preliminary results of Germany's elections show outgoing leader Angela Merkel's party has been defeated.

Her CDU/CSU bloc won 24% of the vote.

The SPD social democrats claimed nearly 26%, according to broadcaster ARD.

After exit polls emerged, CDU leader Armin Laschet admitted it didn't look pretty:

Both will now try to form a coalition government.

Berlin based journalist Rob Hyde says many options are possible:

The new leader will have many issues to face at home including climate proofing Germany.

European Politics professor at Maynooth University is John O'Brennan - he says they will also face issues across the EU:

The leader of Germany's centre-left Social Democrats, Olaf Sholz, believes his party has been given a mandate to form a governing coalition.

It's being suggested the socialists' Sholz will emerge as winner, eventually - replacing Angela Merkel after 16 years.

He gave this speech to supporters:

Viola Mattathil-Reuther - a party candidate - believes Sholz is a safe pair of hands:

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