Germany Election Results 2017: Angela Merkel’s CDU Expected to Triumph
New Delhi, September 24: Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to win the elections on Sunday. The voting began this morning at 0600 hours GMT. The exit polls were announced at 1600 GMT and some are expecting surprises. Merkel is being seen as the favourite against her rival Martin Schulz.
Merkel’s victory will bring a relief to many around the globe as she has an image of a calm and a composed person that can counterbalance US President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin the President of Russia.
Apart from Merkel, the election is also important for Alternative for Germany (AfD) which stepped into the politics of Germany in 2013. The rightwing leaning party is against immigrants and Muslims. It may emerge as the third strongest party in the country because of the protests it has been leading since 2015 over the entry of million immigrants and refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
On Friday, in Munich city, Merkel was attacked by right-wing activists as they raised slogans against her but that did not deter her from completing her speech. The 63-year-old hit out against the right-wing activists saying the future of this country will not be constructed with whistles and hollers.
Merkel’s party Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CUD) ruled the previous regime in grand alliance with Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) with agreements on topics like foreign policy and migration. Working under the shadow of Merkel, SPD lost its voter support.