Counting votes in the state of Stuttgart
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German chancellor Merkel 'loses key state election'

German chancellor Angela Merkel has suffered a major blow as her Christian Democrat party appears to have lost power in the key state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.

It has been governed by the Christian Democrats since 1953.

The preliminary results gave the Greens 24.2% and their Social Democrat allies 23.1%, with Mrs Merkel's party on 39% and its Free Democrat (FDP) allies on 5.3%.

Steven Evans reports.

  • 27 Mar 2011
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