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German election: Merkel's party 'secures most votes'

شعار Al Jazeera Al Jazeera 24/09/2017
Angela Merkel campaigned on her record as chancellor for 12 years, emphasizing the country's record-low unemployment [Michaela Rehle/Reuters] © Provided by Al Jazeera Angela Merkel campaigned on her record as chancellor for 12 years, emphasizing the country's record-low unemployment [Michaela Rehle/Reuters]

Chancellor Angela Merkel is projected to win a fourth term in office after exit polls showed her conservative bloc winning 33.5 percent of the vote in a national election.

Sunday's vote was also projected to see a far-right party anti-immigrant party entering parliament for the first time in more than six decades.

Polls opened at 8am (0600 GMT) and closed at 6pm (16:00 GMT) with turnout slightly lower than four years ago.

Merkel campaigned on her record as chancellor for 12 years, emphasizing the country's record-low unemployment, strong economic growth, balanced budget and growing international importance.

The chancellor's conservative Christian Democratic Union and its sister party, the Bavaria-only Christian Social Union, have governed the country for the last four years with the Social Democrats in a so-called "grand coalition".

The election victory sets the 63-year-old on course to match Helmut Kohl’s record as the longest serving leader in German’s post war history.

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