The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, has emerged from the German elections as the third-largest in the Bundestag.
The AfD won 94 seats – the result marking the first time a far-right party has been represented in the federal parliament since World War Two.
The nationalist party received 12.6 per cent of the total vote, slightly above their pre-election polling numbers.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), in combination with their Bavarian sister party (CSU), received only 33 per cent of the vote, down from 41.5 per cent in the last election.
Low voter confidence in the incumbent chancellor’s party could be due largely to the ongoing refugee crisis and the CDU’s often criticised open door policy.
The Social Democrats, formerly part of the federal government in coalition with the CDU, have announced they will not reform the grand coalition and will take the place of the largest opposition party.
This announcement has relegated the AfD to a secondary party in the Bundestag, and forced Chancellor Merkel to enter negotiations for another coalition with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and the left-leaning Greens.
Such a coalition has been dubbed the ‘Jamaica coalition’ due the colours of the political parties matching the black, yellow and green of the Jamaican flag – Scott Falconer
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