German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been re-elected for a fourth term in federal elections, exit polls suggest.
Her conservative CDU/CSU alliance has won 32.5% of the vote, remaining the largest party in Germany’s parliament, according to the ARD poll.
Its coalition partner, the social democratic SPD, has gained 20%.
Meanwhile, the AfD, a nationalist, anti-Islam party, was on track to win 13.5%, emerging as Germany’s third-strongest party. This is the first time that AfD will be seated in the German Parliament, the Bundestag.
Exit poll results:
CDU/CSU – 32.5%
SPD – 20%
AfD – 13.5%
FDP – 10.5%
Greens – 9.5%
Left party – 9%