SPD lose absolute majority in Hamburg
The centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) has won the Hamburg Parliament election, but dropped four seats to 58 seats in the 121 seat parliament. The result means that they lose their absolute majority and will have to seek a coalition partner, possibly with the Greens.
The SPD, which has ruled the state parliament almost continually since World War Two took 45.7% of the vote.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) had a very bad result, coming in at their lowest percentage ever of 15.9%. That means that they are likely to drop eight seats to 20 seats.
The smaller parties did better, the Alliance ’90/The Greens took 12.2% of the vote and 15 seats (+1) and the Left (Linke) won an extra three seats to take 11 seats and 8.5% of the vote. The Free Democratic Party (FDP), which had had a torrid 2014, held on to its nine seats with 7.4% of the vote.
Probably the most pleased of the parties will be the Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) which took its first seats in a western state. The AfD won eight seats and 6.1% of the vote.