Joy in the Social Democrat headquarters after the announcement of the first preliminary exit poll results after the parliamentary elections. “Unbelievable success”, “great success”, “great success” is what the leaders of the SPD party say. Olaf Scholz, the party’s candidate chancellor, promised a rule of “pragmatism, certainty and unity”.
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We know two polls exit poll results parliamentary elections in Germany. They show that the two largest parties, the SPD and the CDU / CSU, obtained about 25 percent of the vote each, with a minimal indication of the advantage of the Social Democrats.
The new parliament will elect a successor to Angela Merkel, who will resign after four terms of government.
The SPD’s candidate for chancellor is Olaf Scholz. The chancellor is not directly elected in Germany. In Bundestag elections, citizens vote for deputies who, in turn, elect the federal chancellor in the Bundestag.
SPD “has a mandate to rule”
After the announcement of the preliminary results, the party’s secretary general Lars Klingbeil spoke on the ZDF television. – The SPD returns, has a mandate to govern. We want Olaf Scholz to be the chancellor, he announced. He assessed that the exit poll results put the SPD in the lead. This is because the exit poll for the German public television ARD showed that the SPD and CDU / CSU parties were tied, while other polls showed the SPD had a slight advantage.
– We always knew it would be a close race. We knew it would be an even election campaign – he admitted. He also assessed that the results showed “incredible success”.
Olaf Scholz described the SPD’s result as “a great success”, which shows that voters want a change in the SPD government and chancellor. He pointed to the unity in the party that contributed to the success. He assured that the rule of the SPD would be accompanied by “pragmatism, certainty and unity”.
SPD Labor Minister Hubertus Heil assessed the initial results as “a great success.” “This is a citizens’ vote of confidence for Olaf Scholz,” he said.
The 2017 election was won by the CDU / CSU (33 percent of the vote). The following also joined the Bundestag: the SPD (20.5% of the vote), the AfD (12.5% of the vote), the FDP (10.7% of the vote), Die Linke (9.2% of the vote) and the Greens (8). 9% of votes).
Reuters, Deutsche Welle, PAP
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