Merkel’s coalition loses majority in state vote

DUESSELDORF, Germany, May 9 (BestGrowthStock) – Chancellor Angela
Merkel’s centre-right coalition parties failed to retain their
majority in a state vote on Sunday, an exit poll showed, robbing
her government of a majority in the upper house of parliament.

An exit poll by ARD television put Merkel’s Christian
Democrats (CDU) on 34.5 percent and their Free Democrat (FDP)
allies on 6.5 percent, short of a majority and leaving the make
up of North Rhine-Westphalia’s next government unclear.

The CDU and FDP have ruled in the state — Germany’s most
populous — since 2005, when they won 44.8 percent and 6.2
percent of the vote respectively.

Their loss of a majority in the state — and as a
consequence in the federal upper house — means Merkel will have
to rely on opposition parties for support for her policy
programme, which includes tax cuts, health reform and extending
the lives of some nuclear power plants.
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(Writing by Madeline Chambers and Paul Carrel)

Merkel’s coalition loses majority in state vote