Germany: CDU fends off far-right AfD in Saxony-Anhalt state election
Category: News & PoliticsVia: hallux • one week ago • 4 comments
By: wd/mm (Reuters, dpa)
Sanity rears its head in Germany.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) will remain the largest party in Saxony-Anhalt's parliament , fending off a challenge from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) , according to projected results released Sunday.
The state election was seen as a major political test for the CDU, as the AfD was originally projected to land an upset victory.
Official preliminary results put the CDU in the lead at 37.1% support, with the AfD in second place at 20.8%. The socialist Left garnered 11% of the vote, while the Social Democratic Party brought in 8.4%. The Greens garnered 5.9% support while the Free Democratic Party (FDP) brought in 6.4%.
"This is quite a remarkable victory for Angela Merkel's CDU party," DW chief political editor Michaela Küfner said. "It means the AfD's rise has been halted," she added.
"It will certainly give the CDU a boost," DW Political Correspondent Hans Brandt said of the results. "There's a lot of happiness in the faces of CDU representatives today because they have scored a significant victory here." He said the CDU may gain "momentum" from the elections, but said it is not a "done deal" that the party will pull off a solid performance during the upcoming federal elections.