CDU remain largest party in Saxony – Anhalt
Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat Union (CDU) have maintained their position as the largest party in the Saxony – Anhalt state election which took place yesterday (20th March 2011).
Although the CDU dropped slightly from 36.2% in 2006 to 32.5% yesterday they were able to increase their tally of seats from 40 to 41.
The Left Party came second with 23.7% and 29 seats, up 3 from 2006. The Social Democratic Party (SPD) took 26 seats, up 2, with 21.5% of the vote.
The Green Party re-entered the state parliament after a number of years away by winning nine seats on 7.1% of the vote.
The big losers of the day were the Free Democratic Party (FDP) who dropped below the 5% threshold, halving their 2006 showing to just 3.8% and losing all seven of their seats.
The National Democratic Party (NDP) also failed to reach the 5% threshold to win a seat, taking just 4.6% of the vote.
This result is likely to lead to a continuation of the CDU/SPD coalition. The rise in the Green vote is probably explained as a anti-nuclear reaction following events in Japan.
Next Sunday (27th March 2011) two more states will go to the polls. In total seven states are expected to hold elections this year, each one giving clues as to the standing of Angela Merkel’s CDU nationally.