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Rebels force German presidential vote to 3rd round

world Updated: Jun 30, 2010 21:17 IST

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Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative candidate failed to win an absolute majority in the second round of Germany's presidential election on Wednesday, forcing it to a third round that could be damaging for Merkel.

Rebel votes among the ruling centre-right coalition meant Christian Wulff, state premier of Lower Saxony, failed in two rounds to beat the centre-left's candidate Joachim Gauck, a Protestant pastor and civil rights campaigner.

In the third round, to be held shortly, candidates need only a simple majority to win. Merkel badly needed a clear victory to offset criticism of her leadership in the financial crisis and record low standing in opinion polls.

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