Political Parties React To Election Results

Peer Steinbrueck, chancellor candidate of the German Social Democrats (SPD), is hugged by SPD Bundestag faction leader Frank-Walter Steinmeier after initial exit poll results give the party 26,5 % of the vote in German federal elections at SPD party headquarters Willy-Brand-Haus on September 22, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The country is holding federal elections that will determine whether current Chancellor Angela Merkel of the German Christian Democrats (CDU) will remain for a third term. Though the CDU has a strong lead over the opposition, speculations run wide as to what coalition will be viable in coming weeks to create a new government.
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