The leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Armin Laschet, has claimed that no German party could see the results of the Bundestag elections as a mandate to govern, after the Social Democratic Party (SPD) took first place by a narrow margin.
During a press conference in which he declared that the CDU / CSU alliance was willing to form a ‘Jamaica’ coalition with the Greens and the Free Democratic Party – which took 14.8% and 11.5% respectively – Laschet reclaimed that the SPD could not “Derive a government mandate from this electoral result”, despite acknowledging that the party had been in first place with 25.7% of the votes.
CDU / CSU, on the other hand, received its worst result in history with 24.1%, losing 50 seats in the Bundestag while the SPD won 53.
The CDU leader further added that a result of less than 30% of the vote could not be considered as a representation of the majority of Germans.
We are now in the phase of trying to form a stable government for Germany.
So relax said following the news of the SPD victory that the election results “Not one we can be happy with.”
Ahead of Sunday’s vote, FDP leader Christian Lindner came out in favor of the ‘Jamaica’ coalition, where the colors yellow, black and green symbolize his party plus the CDU / CSU and the Greens.
The 2021 German Bundestag elections were also a blow to the Left and Alternative Party for Germany (AfD), showing a massive increase in support for the Greens. The left lost 30 seats in the last elections, while the AfD lost 11 seats. The Greens won 51 seats for a total of 118, making them the third-largest party.
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