Germany polls: Angela Merkel wins, but no absolute majority
Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel`s conservatives won in the elections with the best result in over two decades but narrowly missed an absolute majority, preliminary official results showed.
Merkel`s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party together won 41.5 per cent of the vote against 25.7 per cent for the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) and 8.4 per cent for the ecologist Greens.
The CDU`s junior coalition allies the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) for the first time in over half a century missed out on any seats in parliament, garnering only 4.8 per cent.
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