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Merkel wins polls

Berlin, Sept. 27 (AP): German voters today handed conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel a second term and a chance to create a new Centre-Right government, while her Centre-Left rivals suffered a historic defeat in the national election.

Merkel succeeded in ending her “grand coalition” with the Social Democrats led by challenger Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the current foreign minister, according to television projections. She can now form a government with the pro-business Free Democrats, who performed very strongly.

“We have achieved something great,” a beaming Merkel told supporters. “We have managed to achieve our election aim of a stable majority in Germany for a new government.”

She vowed to hold “swift and decisive” coalition talks with the Free Democrats.

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