Head of SPD Admits Defeat in Elections in Germany's North Rhine-Westphalia

© AFP 2022 / John MACDOUGALLSocial Democratic Party (SPD) leader Martin Schulz (C) speaks after the publication of the preliminary results of the regional elections in the West German state of North Rhine-Westphalia at the headquarters of the SPD in Berlin on May 14, 2017
Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Martin Schulz (C) speaks after the publication of the preliminary results of the regional elections in the West German state of North Rhine-Westphalia at the headquarters of the SPD in Berlin on May 14, 2017 - Sputnik International
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The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) head Martin Schulz said that SPD suffered defeat in the elections of local parliament in German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

BERLIN (Sputnik) — The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) head Martin Schulz on Sunday admitted SPD’s defeat in the elections of local parliament in German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

(L-R) Julius and Johannes Laschet, Sons of Armin Laschet, top candidate of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and his father Heinz Laschet react on first exit polls after the regional state elections of North Rhine-Westphalia, in Duesseldorf, May 14, 2017 - Sputnik International
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Earlier in the day, exit poll showed that SPD received 30.5 percent of votes, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) got 34.5 percent.

"This is a hard day for SPD, a hard day for me personally: I come from the Federal State, where we have suffered defeat," Schulz said.

Schulz also expressed support for Hannelore Kraft, the former head of government in North Rhine-Westphalia, who had announced earlier on Sunday that she would quit her political career after the results of elections in local parliament were announced.

"We win together, we lose together… We will continue to struggle on September 24," Shulz said.

The upcoming nationwide parliamentary elections to Bundestag are due to take place on September 24.

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