Germans Head to Polls to Choose New Bundestag
© REUTERS / WOLFGANG RATTAYSupporters take part in a rally with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and North Rhine-Westphalia State Premier, Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and candidate for chancellor Armin Laschet, ahead of the September 26 general election, in Aachen, Germany, September 25, 2021.
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The main intrigue in the German elections on 26 September is whether or not the conservative CDU/CSU alliance will be dislodged by the SPD, which has maintained a small lead in the polls ahead of the vote.
Watch a live broadcast from Germany, as people are heading to polling stations around the nation to vote for the composition of the new parliament, the Bundestag. The winning party or parties will appoint a federal chancellor to head the government.
Almost 60,000 polling stations in Germany will work until 16:00 GMT (6 p.m. local time).
The main parties vying for power in the elections are the bloc of the Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU), headed by Merkel's successor and Premier of North Rhine-Westphalia Armin Laschet, the Social Democratic Party (SPD), led by Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, the Greens, the Free Democratic Party (FDP), The Left (Die Linke), and Alternative for Germany (AfD).
Incumbent Chancellor Angela Merkel earlier announced her decision to step down. She has served as head of the German government for 16 years.
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