Angela Merkel’s CDU wins elections in Saxony-Anhalt and leaves far right a long way off


This Sunday, the CDU’s Christian Democrats won regional elections in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, according to an exit poll by MDR radio. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU will have obtained 36% of the votes, while the far right of Alternative by Germany will have reached 22.5%, far below the expectations created by the opinion polls prior to the electoral event that took place today and that they gave a situation close to a tie between the two political forces.

If the anticipated data are confirmed by the poll, the CDU will secure its position as the main party in Saxony-Anhalt, which it has held since German reunification in 1990. The poll at the polls gives 11% to the former Communist Party of the Democratic Republic Germany, while the Social Democrats stand at 8.5%. To the Greens, the poll attributes a result of 6.5%, a percentage of the votes identical to that which could be reached by the liberals.

This Sunday’s elections in Upper Saxony were the last before the legislative elections that are scheduled for next September, before which the CDU, which presents Armin Laschet, as a candidate for Merkel’s succession as head of the federal government, is facing difficulties. On the one hand, because of the party’s falling popularity, but also because of the rise of the Greens, who, on today’s scrutiny, performed modestly.

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