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Merkel’s Party Loses Lower Saxony Election Even as FDP Surges

Merkel’s Party Loses Lower Saxony Election Even as FDP Surges
David McAllister, prime minister of State of Lower Saxony, right, reacts next to Angela Merkel, Germany's Chancellor, during an election campaign of the regional Christian Democratic Union party for 2013 state elections in Osnabrueck, northern Germany. Photographer: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

Jan. 21 (Bloomberg) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party lost control of Lower Saxony state as Social Democrats and Greens took a single seat majority, buoying the opposition parties eight months before federal elections.

* SPD, Greens took 69 seats in state parliament in Hanover in

yesterday’s election vs 68 seats for Merkel’s Christian

Democrats, Free Democrats, state election director Ulrike

Sachs said * Surge in support for FDP, junior coalition partner to

Merkel’s party nationally and regionally, wasn’t enough to

allow CDU state Prime Minister David McAllister to remain in

power; SPD candidate, Hanover Mayor Stephan Weil, said he

can set up govt with the Greens * Lower Saxony vote is a blow to Merkel as she prepares to

seek third term in national elections in Sept.; result

bolsters Merkel’s SPD challenger, Peer Steinbrueck * Euro little changed from Friday close at $1.3319

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