German Bundestag election won by social-democrats, preliminary results say

In Germany, the Bundestag parliamentary election has been held, where after long and leading yeas in politics the Chancellor Angela Merkel did not take part. Her Christian Democrats now led by Armin Laschet have received 24.1% of the vote reaching second place, according to official preliminary results, as quoted by The Guardian reports.
The election was held on Sunday, September 26. Preliminary official results showed that the centre-left Social-democratic Party of Germany and their chancellor candidate, Olaf Scholz, have won 25.7% of the vote, giving them a slim lead over their centre-right Christian-democrat rivals.
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The Greens, led by Annalena Baerbock, have secured their best result in a national poll, with early results putting them at 14.8% – in third place and ahead of the liberal FDP, which posted 11.5%, also a small improvement. The far-right AfD is set to enter parliament for the second time, on 10.3%.
The parties will now embark on «exploratory talks» to form a coalition government, with a three-way coalition considered the most likely at this point. Merkel will remain chancellor while coalition talks proceed – that could be a lengthy process, with talks lasting three months in 2017, The Guardian reports.