|08:02, September 28, 2009
Merkel, FDP win German election to form coalition gov't
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union party (CDU), waves to supporters after first exit polls in the German general election at CDU headquarters in Berlin Sept. 27, 2009. Merkel's party the Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and her preferred partner the Free Democrats (FDP) jointly won 48.3 percent of votes in the general election on Sunday, assuring the two parties of winning a clear majority to form a new coalition government, exit poll results said. (Xinhua/Luo Huanhuan)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her preferred partner, the Free Democrats (FDP), claimed victory in the general election here on Sunday ant the two parties will form a new coalition government.
Merkel's conservative party, the Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU),and the FDP jointly won 48.3 percent of votes in the general election, assuring the two parties of winning a clear majority to form a new coalition government, the latest exit poll results said.
"We have achieved our goals," said Merkel when addressing supporters at the CDU headquarters in Berlin.
Merkel, with a smile on her face, said the CDU/CSU and the FDP have boasted a "stable majority" to form a new government.
Free Democrats party (FDP) leader Guido Westerwelle (2nd L) and his partner Michael Mronz (3rd L) wave during the FDP election evening after parliamentary elections in Berlin on Sept. 27, 2009. (Xinhua/Thierry Monasse)
She also extended thanks to their supporters, to the party members for campaigning as well as to people across the country.
"Chancellor is a chancellor for all Germans," Merkel said, noting that there were lots of problems ahead for her new government to resolve.
German Foreign Minister and the Social Democrats party (SPD) main candidate Frank-Walter Steinmeier attends a news conference after parliamentary elections at the SPD headquarters in Berlin on Sept. 27, 2009. Steinmeier conceded defeat on Sunday after the SPD got the lowest votes in general election since WWII. (Xinhua/Wu Wei)
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