Merkel’s CDU is on course to become the largest party in Saxony-Anhalt

The Christian Democratic CDU will be the largest party in Saxony-Anhalt with 36 percent of the vote, according to an opinion poll.

If the numbers are correct, it means that Angela Merkel’s party can breathe a sigh of relief before parliamentary elections next fall.

Xenophobic Alternatives for Germany (AFD) again appears to be the second largest party with 22.5 percent of the vote according to the poll by public service channel MDR. This is despite the fact that the party appears to have lost just under two percentage points compared to the last state election in 2016.

CDU has ruled Saxony has been in coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD) and the Greens for the past five years. According to a polling station survey, the Social Democrats have lost two percentage points since 2016, to 8.5 percent, while the Greens have increased just over one percentage point to 6.5 percent.

Although the state is small in size, the outcome of the elections in Saxony-Anhalt, located in the former East German part of the country, could have wider consequences. This is because it is the last state election before the parliamentary elections in the fall, and thus gives an idea of ​​the standing of the CDU under the leadership of the relatively newly elected party leader Armin Laschet.

predecessor on The party’s leader, Angela Merkel, has been chancellor since 2005. She will resign after the September elections.

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