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Merkel suffers major setback in German state vote

05-14-2012 07:52 BJT

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Exit polls in Germany suggest that Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party has suffered a crushing defeat in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Support for Merkel’s Christian Democrats is said to have plunged to just 26 percent in the vote - that’s down from nearly 35 percent in 2010. The center-left Social Democrats are predicted to win the state by huge margin, with 39 percent of the vote, with the Greens in third, scoring 12 percent.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during the last campaign meeting of her
ruling party CDU candidate for the elections in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) state in
Duesseldorf on May 11.

The election in the western German state is being held 18 months ahead of the national election, in which Merkel is expected to run for a third term in office.

Although she’s widely popular across Germany due to her steady handling of the Eurozone crisis, analysts say defeat could leave her more vulnerable to domestic criticism.



Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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