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Germany: Polling stations open in Merkel's home region for state elections02:05

Germany: Polling stations open in Merkel's home region for state elections

Germany, Schwerin
September 4, 2016 at 10:39 GMT -00:00 · Published

Voters could be seen casting their ballots in Schwerin, Sunday, as polling stations in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's home region of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern opened their doors for state parliamentary elections.

The anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) candidate Leif-Erik Holm is expected to come second in the region, with his party potentially taking a majority of seats.

Holm has expressed his hope that AfD will come out as the strongest party in the upcoming regional parliamentary elections, which would be a first major victory for the controversial party since its founding in 2013.

Germany: Polling stations open in Merkel's home region for state elections02:05
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Voters could be seen casting their ballots in Schwerin, Sunday, as polling stations in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's home region of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern opened their doors for state parliamentary elections.

The anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) candidate Leif-Erik Holm is expected to come second in the region, with his party potentially taking a majority of seats.

Holm has expressed his hope that AfD will come out as the strongest party in the upcoming regional parliamentary elections, which would be a first major victory for the controversial party since its founding in 2013.

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