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Buhari congratulates Germany's Merkel on election victory

Buhari congratulates Germany's Merkel on election victory”

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel has won a fourth term in office after a general election that has surged an overtly nationalist party to enter parliament for the first time in decades.

Merkel's conservatives and their Social Democrat coalition partners in the outgoing government quietly introduced stricter asylum rules a year ago after losing support to the AfD in regional elections.

It was followed by the election's other big victor - the pro-business Free Democratic Party, which returned to parliament after a four-year break with 10.7%.

Merkel has acknowledged the AfD's presence in the Bundestag will pose "a big new challenge" for her government, but with few allies, many have questioned whether the AfD's isolation will in itself prevent it from having any major impact on Germany's foreign policy.

The centre-left Social Democrats also suffered their worst result since the war, with 21 percent.

Mrs Merkel's conservative alliance has the largest number of seats and will form the next government - as the left-leaning parties together do not come remotely close to a parliamentary majority. The AfD has risen to power on blatantly anti-immigrant and anti-EU platform, and party leaders have often used neo-Nazi language and brushed over the history of Nazism in Germany.

Meanwhile, Buhari wishes the German Chancellor a successful tenure.

Regarding possible coalition talks, co-leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt said "negotiations between these four parties will be tough".

Many believed the turmoil of the 20th century had immunized Germany from a return of far-right politics, but Sunday's result proved them wrong.

"We trust that centrist parties in the Bundestag will ensure that the AfD has no representation in the coming governing coalition".

Addressing supporters, Mrs Merkel, who has been in the job for 12 years, said she had hoped for a "better result".

Mrs Merkel said she was not planning to try to lead a minority government, stating: 'I have the intention of achieving a stable government in Germany'. He also sharply denounced what he termed the "disgraceful" reactionary party AfD "recalling the worst of Germany's past".

Speaking at a news conference in Berlin on Monday, Schulz argued the election result meant voters had rejected the option of another grand coalition, and gave the SPD the role of main opposition.

She added that she would listen to the "concerns, worries and anxieties" of voters of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) in order to win them back.



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