The German ultra-right was unable to pull down Merkel’s CDU – No ‘shoulder’ of the ultra-right: the CDU wins the challenge of Saxony-Anhalt. In the central-eastern Land, the Christian Democrats come out victorious from the polls, managing to detach the Afd by more than 13 points, with 36% of the votes against 22.5%, thus denying many of the predictions and polls on the eve, which saw a closer result between the two parties.

According to the first Infratest-dimap projections for the first public channel Ard, the result of the SPD is well below expectations, which does not go beyond 8.5% of the votes, as well as that of the Greens, which gain approval compared to the 2016 elections, but less than expected, ie stopping at 6.5 %.

Another important fact is the performance of the FDP liberals, which with 6.5% of the votes exceeds the 5% threshold thus succeeding in re-entering the regional parliament. Linke, the party of the left, gets 11% of the votes.

The vote in Saxony-Anhalt was the last major electoral appointment just three and a half months after the federal elections of 26 September. If these results are confirmed, the coalition in office formed by CDU, SPD and Verdi and led by Governor Reiner Haseloff should have the numbers to continue its experience of government.

“The center won, it was a sensational result”: this is the first reaction of the CDU, winner of the awaited electoral contest. According to the general secretary of the CDU, Paul Ziemiak, for the victory it was crucial the “high profile” of the outgoing governor Reiner Haseloff, but also “the unity demonstrated by the party”.

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Speaking to the second public channel Zdf, Ziemiak added that “in no election for the renewal of the Land since 2017 the CDU has grown as with this vote”. If these first projections are confirmed, Haseloff would have all the numbers to continue to govern at the head of his coalition made up of CDU, SPD and Verdi. The governor has always categorically ruled out a collaboration with the AFD.

“I think we can still be satisfied with this electoral result,” said AFD leader in central-eastern Germany, Martin Reichardt, shortly after the release of the first screenings in Saxony-Anhalt. Despite the ultra-right party came out of the polls with a lower result than predicted by the polls of the eve, according to Reihardt “we have obtained an excellent starting position for the next five years”. With 22.5% of the consensus obtained according to the Infratest-dimap projections, the Afd has nevertheless confirmed its position as the second largest political force in Saxony Anhalt.



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