CDU returned in Saxony state election
The Saxony state election in Germany yesterday saw the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Premier Stanislaw Tillich returned to power with 59 of the 132 seats in the Landtag of Saxony. However, he will need to seek a new coalition partner as the Free Democrats (FDP) failed to get above the 5% threshold and lost all 14 seats.
The centre-right Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany party (AfD) entered parliament for the first time with 10% of the vote. The Left (Die Linke) remained the second largest party with 18.5% of the vote and 27 seats followed by the Social Democratic Party (SPD) with 12.6% and 17 seats.
Two other parties, the Greens took eight seats and 5.5% of the vote whilst the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) dropped one seat to seven seats and 5% of the vote.
Turnout was down to 48% from 52.2% in 2009.