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Germans start voting for new parliament marking end of Merkel era


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2021 Sep 26, 19:58, Berlin
Chancellor candidate of German Social Democratic Party (SPD) Olaf Scholz (front) arrives at a polling station to cast his vote in Potsdam, Germany, Sept. 26, 2021. German voters started to cast their ballots on Sunday to elect a new Bundestag, or the federal parliament, on which to form a new government for the next four years and usher in the post-Merkel era. (photo via Xinhua)

German voters started to cast their ballots on Sunday to elect a new Bundestag, or the federal parliament, on which to form a new government for the next four years and usher in the post-Merkel era.

According to the Federal Returning Officer, around 60.4 million citizens are eligible to vote. Polling stations will be open on Sunday from 8 am (0600 GMT) to 6 pm (1600 GMT). However, at least 40 percent of eligible voters have cast their ballots by post, compared to 28.6 percent in the last election in 2017.

Polling institutions will interview voters anonymously at the exit of selected polling stations, and the initial results will be published exactly after the election ends through public broadcasters.


Chancellor candidate of German Social Democratic Party (SPD) Olaf Scholz (R, front) and his wife arrive at a polling station to cast votes in Potsdam, Germany, Sept. 26, 2021. German voters started to cast their ballots on Sunday to elect a new Bundestag, or the federal parliament, on which to form a new government for the next four years and usher in the post-Merkel era. (photo via Xinhua)
Chancellor candidate of German Social Democratic Party (SPD) Olaf Scholz (R, front) and his wife arrive at a polling station to cast votes in Potsdam, Germany, Sept. 26, 2021. German voters started to cast their ballots on Sunday to elect a new Bundestag, or the federal parliament, on which to form a new government for the next four years and usher in the post-Merkel era. (photo via Xinhua)

The election is of great importance as incumbent Chancellor Angela Merkel will no longer run for relection after almost 16 years in office. As she will retire from her political career, Germany and, to some extent, the European Union will enter a new era with unclear prospects.

The competition is so fierce that it is difficult to predict which party will garner the most seats in the Bundestag. According to the latest opinion poll results, the latecomer Social Democratic Party, with Finance Minister Olaf Scholz as its chancellor candidate, tops the list by only 1 to 4 percentage points ahead of Merkel's Union Party, whose chancellor candidate is Armin Laschet, minister president of the North Rhine-Westphalia state.

Opinion poll results also showed that the Greens will probably become the third largest party, while the other three parties in the current Bundestag -- the Free Democratic Party, the Left Party and the right-wing Alternative for Germany -- are likely to cross the 5-percent threshold for entering the Bundestag.

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