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Merkel loses in state vote

world Updated: May 10, 2010 01:11 IST

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition failed to retain majority in a state vote on Sunday, an exit poll showed, robbing her government of a majority in the upper house of parliament.

An exit poll put Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) on 34.5 per cent and their Free Democrat (FDP) allies on 6.5 per cent, leaving the make up of North Rhine-Westphalia’s next government unclear.