German election party

Germans living in Rwanda and friends of Germany celebrated together election day on Sunday, 24 September, with draught beer and traditional German food. Posters displayed all over the compound clearly demonstrated that the 61.5 million Germans eligible to vote had a huge choice from 42 different parties competing for the 598 seats at the “Bundestag” , the German federal parliament.

“Democracy without pluralism is unthinkable” German Ambassador Dr. Peter Woeste stated. The voter turnout increased to 76%, a sign of a healthy democracy. Minutes after the closing of the polling stations the first results - displayed on a huge screen with direct broadcasting of German TV - indicated that Angela Merkel’s party – although loosing heavily – will still be the key player, but needs to look for new alliance partners. This time it could well be a coalition of conservatives together with liberals and greens (a so called "Jamaica coalition"). 

“Quite a challenge but manageable” as some guests rightly observed. The downer of the elections results for most party guests were the gains the right wing populists realized. The Ambassador: “But nobody should fear that the 13% gained by this party, a group nobody wants to partner with, could threaten the successful history of almost 70 years of democracy in modern time Germany. We will have to tolerate and endure them, that’s democracy. And a good policy over the next four years will prove that their ideas are not sustainable.”

German election party

some of the parties taking part in the election for a new German Bundestag

The Federal Returning Officer

Bundestagswahl 2017

Welcome to the Federal Returning Officer Results of the Bundestag election (24 September 2017)

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