President congratulates Merkel on re-election

President congratulates Merkel on re-election

September 26, 2017   12:24 am

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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena congratulated German Chancellor Angela Merkel on her election victory on Sunday, which saw her win a fourth term.

The President said that winning mandate for the 4th consecutive time is “near miracle” and that it shows her leadership and popularity in the country.

“My warm congrats to CDU leader Angela Merkel. Winning mandate 4th consecutive time is near miracle. Shows your leadership and popularity,” the Sri Lankan President tweeted.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term Sunday, but now faces the tricky prospect of forming a coalition with two disparate new partners after voters weakened her conservatives and a nationalist, anti-migrant party surged into parliament. 

The centre right in Germany CDU/CSU won a projected 33% of the vote in federal elections. The election results showed some surprises, as the Christian Democrats’ scored sharply down on the 41% of the vote it collected in the previous 2013 elections.

Her main rivals, Martin Schulz’s Social Democrat Party (SPD), crashed to just over 20% and a projected 138 seats.

According to The Guardian, the far-right, anti-immigration AfD made a historic breakthrough, winning 13.5% of the vote and a projected 87 seats and becoming the first overtly nationalist party to sit in the Bundestag in 60 years. 

-Agencies

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