Germany’s SDP party is on the lead of federal elections

German election Sunday’s national election statistics show Social Democrats, the country’s oldest political party are on the road to win ending the long led conservative rule of Angela Merkel.

  • According to preliminary results, Christian Democrats are edged out by Social Democrats. Angela Merkel failed to proceed with a clearer win after ruling for 16 years.
  • ZDF reports that, SPD is on the way to winning the election with 26 percent votes. Germans have voted for the SPD because ‘they want the name of the next chancellor to be Olaf Scholz’.
  • The Federal Returning Officer website said the SPD their chancellor candidate, Olaf Scholz, has won 25.7% of the vote, followed by Angela Merkel’s CDU party and its candidate, Armin Laschet, sank to a historic low in a federal election, with 24.1 %. The Green Party with 14.8% of votes, after a count of all 299 of Germany’s “constituencies” or electoral districts.
  • After vote-counting party leader Olaf Scholz said, “Many citizens have put their crosses next to the SPD because they want there to be a change in government and also because they want the next chancellor of this country to be called Olaf Scholz,”. He called the result as an outcome of great success.
  • The latest results reflect that the leftwing Die Linke party will still be represented in the Bundestag despite failing the country’s 5% hurdle to enter parliament. That’s down to an escapement in election law which means that if a party secures three seats via a “direct mandate” Germans cast two votes, one for the person they want to represent their constituency, the direct mandate, and another one for a party list.
Olaf Scholz waves on stage at the Social Democrats (SPD) headquarters

The SPD will now begin negotiations to form the new government, a process that could take weeks or even months. At the time of Merkel’s election win in 2017, it took more than five months for a government to be formed.