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And the Winner Is...

1:15 PM, Sep 27, 2009 • By VICTORINO MATUS
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At 6pm local time, Germans found out who won today's election. With roughly 48 percent of the vote, the CDU and the FDP will form the next coalition government. But more impressive, the Free Democrats garnered an unprecedented 14.8 percent. At the FDP party hall, the crowd erupted in a deafening cheer. Nearly as loud were the cheers for the SPD who received a meager 23 percent. Forty-five minutes later the Social Democratic leadership conceded but promised to continue representing the poor. Some 67 percent of SPD supporters believed their party betrayed their principles. And so Angela Merkel will remain chancellor but the foreign minister will now be FDP leader Guido Westerwelle. And now I need a drink.