Social Democrats (SPD) have won Germany’s federal elections. They beated the CDU party of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to preliminary results.
The SPD gained 25.7% of the vote, while the ruling conservative CDU/CSU bloc secured 24.1%. The Greens came in third with 14.8% of the votes.
Liberal FDP, right-wing AfD and some representatives of the radical leftist Linke party also won seats.
A coalition must now be created to form a government, BBC reports.
Both the chancellor candidate of SPD, Olaf Scholz, and the chancellor candidate of CDU, Armin Laschet are ready to form a coalitional government. The Liberals and the Greens could be the possible partners in the next German government.