German Chancellor candidate Armin Lachette of the Christian Democratic Union and the Christian-Social Union bloc congratulated his rival, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) Olaf Scholz, on winning the election. The AFP news agency announced this on Wednesday, September 29, on Twitter.
As reported by Welt, the SPD candidate was earlier congratulated by the leader of the Bavarian CSU, Markus Söder.
The parliamentary elections in Germany were held on September 26. After 16 years in power Angela Merkel did not put forward her candidate for election.
According to the published data, the SPD won the elections, gaining 25.7% of the votes. The CDU/CSU won second place with 24.1%. In third place is the Green Party with 14.8%, followed by the Free Democratic Party (FDP) with 11.5% and in fifth place – Alternative for Germany (AdG) with 10.3%.
The German CEC specified that the new parliament will consist of 735 deputies. The SPD will have 206 seats, the CDU/CSU will have 196, and the Green Party will have 118 seats.