Merkel on Track to Win Historic Fourth Term as German Chancellor

Angela Merkel. Photo: Carsten Koall, EPA

Angela Merkel is expected to win her fourth term as German chancellor, according to exit polls on Sunday.

Ms. Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has got 32.5 percent of the vote in general election, an exit poll for public broadcaster ARD said.

Social Democrats led by Martin Schulz came second with 20 percent, while the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) finished third gaining 13.5 percent of votes.

The liberal Free Democrats have also secured seats in the German parliament scoring 10.5 percent, while the Greens and the far-left Die Linke got 9.5 percent and 9.0 percent accordingly.