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Germany: Erfurt residents react to Die Linke win, AfD gains in Thuringia state election03:06

Germany: Erfurt residents react to Die Linke win, AfD gains in Thuringia state election

Germany, Erfurt
October 28, 2019 at 11:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

Residents in the eastern German city of Erfurt reacted to the regional election results in Thuringia on Monday. Die Linke won the poll with the right-wing AfD (Alternative for Germany) finishing second, according to preliminary results.

"Actually I find the election results fair enough, while the established parties especially the CDU [the Christian Democratic Union of Germany] just got the result of their 14-year-long politics. You cannot lay all the blame on Die Linke. They ruled for just five years and they had to govern with what they got at that moment and I think they have done pretty much," said Detlef, an Erfurt resident.

Preliminary results show the AfD to have narrowly beaten the Christian Democrat party (CDU) with almost 24 per cent against the CDU's 21.8 per cent.

"It is a major result, and I lay all the blame on the federal government, especially the CDU. They completely abandoned Mohring [Mike Mohring, top candidate of the Christian Democratic Union] here and the voters, unfortunately, are no longer heard by the CDU," said Regina, another resident.

Die Linke is projected to emerge in front, taking home 31 percent of the vote with their coalition partners the Social Democrat Party (SPD) losing a large amount of support and emerging with only 8.2 percent.

Germany: Erfurt residents react to Die Linke win, AfD gains in Thuringia state election03:06
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Residents in the eastern German city of Erfurt reacted to the regional election results in Thuringia on Monday. Die Linke won the poll with the right-wing AfD (Alternative for Germany) finishing second, according to preliminary results.

"Actually I find the election results fair enough, while the established parties especially the CDU [the Christian Democratic Union of Germany] just got the result of their 14-year-long politics. You cannot lay all the blame on Die Linke. They ruled for just five years and they had to govern with what they got at that moment and I think they have done pretty much," said Detlef, an Erfurt resident.

Preliminary results show the AfD to have narrowly beaten the Christian Democrat party (CDU) with almost 24 per cent against the CDU's 21.8 per cent.

"It is a major result, and I lay all the blame on the federal government, especially the CDU. They completely abandoned Mohring [Mike Mohring, top candidate of the Christian Democratic Union] here and the voters, unfortunately, are no longer heard by the CDU," said Regina, another resident.

Die Linke is projected to emerge in front, taking home 31 percent of the vote with their coalition partners the Social Democrat Party (SPD) losing a large amount of support and emerging with only 8.2 percent.

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