Right-wing AfD enters German parliament for 1st time, Merkel’s CDU leads vote

The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party will enter parliament for the first time in its history with around 13 percent of the vote in the German parliamentary election, exit polls show. Angela Merkel’s CDU is leading the polls with over 30 percent.

The CDU (Christian Democratic Union) received between 32 and 34 percent of the votes and is poised to form the largest faction in the German parliament, preliminary forecasts show.

However, its support has significantly fallen in comparison to the last election, when Merkel’s party received 41.5 percent of votes.

The AfD will enter parliament for the first time, after the anti-immigrant party secured the backing of around 13 percent of voters, according to exit polls. It is the first time the AfD has secured MPs, with the party failing to enter the legislative body back in 2013.


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