Schroeder, Merkel both claim victory in German election
Schroeder, Merkel both claim victory in German
www.chinaview.cn 2005-09-19 03:12:59
BERLIN, Sept. 18 (Xinhuanet) -- Both German
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and his challenger Angela
Merkel claimed victory in Sunday's election as exit
polls show neither Merkel's alliance nor Schroeder's
coalition won a majority to form a new government.
Speaking at a rally at the Social Democratic Party
(SPD), Schroeder said that Germany will be "under my
leadership" in the next few years.
Earlier his challenger Angela Merkel said she had
"the a very clear mandate to govern" despite her
bloc's failure to win a majority in the election.
Declaring that he would remain as the chancellor,
Schroeder said Merkel is "arrogant" and too confident
to say that.
Schroeder said that the Christian Democratic Union
(CDU) failed"dramatically" in the election. "It is a
disastrous result for CDU," he said.
"We will begin coalition talks," he said. The
chancellor ruled out forming a coalition with the Left
Party, instead, he would seek cooperation with the
Free Democratic Party (FDP).
"I regard myself as confirmed in office by our
country and intend that there will be stable
government under my leadership," he said.
SPD Chairman Franz Muentefering told a rally
earlier that the result indicates that voters trust
Schroeder, not Merkel.
"This is a personal defeat for Merkel,"
"Her dreams are shattered," the German TV ZDF was
quoted by theGerman news agency DPA as saying.
However, addressing a rally at the headquarters of
the CDU, Merkel said that CDU and its partner
Christian Social Union are the strongest force in the
Despite the lack of a majority, the alliance has a
"very clear mandate to govern," she said, vowing to
seek cooperation with other parties.
The key now is in the hands of the FDP, which has
a symbol color of yellow. Both CDU/CSU and SPD needs
cooperation from FDP.
Schroeder's remarks mean there can be a
red-green-yellow government and Merkel needs to seek a
third partner to form a grand coalition.
According to the Forsa poll, CDU/CSU and its
coalition partner,the FDP, won only 286 of the 598
Bundestag or parliament seats.
The poll showed that Schroeder's SPD wins 210
seats and its junior partner, the Green Party, won 51
seats. The Left Party alsogot 51 seats.
The ARD exit polls gave SPD 33.8 percent and the
Greens 8.4 percent and CDU/CSU 35.7 percent and the
FDP 10.5 percent. The Left Party was given 7.7