The leader of the Social democratic party of Germany (SPD) Martin Schulz has conceded defeat in parliamentary elections. On Sunday, August 24, according to RIA Novosti.
“After the defeat that we suffered in our key Federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, we lost elections to the Bundestag,” said Schulz, speaking to supporters at the headquarters of the party. He added that he sees the reason of the fact that the social Democrats are unable to reach out to its traditional voters.
Elections to the Bundestag took place on Sunday. According to exit polls, quoted by TASS, the leader of the Alliance of the CDU/CSU led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, gaining 32.9 percent of the vote. Second place is occupied by social Democrats, 20.8 percent (it is noted that this is the worst in the history of the party).
Closes the three leaders of the far-right movement “Alternative for Germany”, which received votes 13.5 percent of the electorate. It passes in the Parliament for the first time. The leader of the French far-right party “national front” marine Le Pen congratulated the ADG with this event.
Previously on 24 September it was reported that the turnout is equal to a vote in 2013: 41.1% vs 41.4 per cent (as of 14:00 local time).
Take part in the elections 42 parties. The threshold for representation in Parliament is five percent of the vote.