Germany’s centre-left claims narrow poll victory Sep 28, 2021 0 0 12345 Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have claimed victory in the federal election, telling the party of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel it should no longer be in power. SPD leader Olaf Scholz said he had a clear mandate to form a government, while his conservative rival Armin Laschet remains determined to fight on. The two parties have governed together for years. But Scholz says it is time for a new coalition with the Greens and liberals. Preliminary results gave his party a narrow election win over the conservatives who suffered their worst-ever performance. Despite this, Laschet said his party had given him its backing to enter talks with coalition partners, pushing Germany towards a potentially protracted power struggle. European powers have welcomed the outcome of Germany’s national election, with France praising the vote as a victory for “stability” and Spain’s Socialist prime minister predicting closer ties following the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) party’s triumph.The SPD narrowly led Sunday’s vote, scooping 25.7 percent of the vote, according to provisional results released on Monday. (Agencies) page 7 RELATED ARTICLES Qatar pursuing ambitious policy to promote local products, affirms MME Sep 28, 2021 0 0 QA flies high despite challenges Sep 28, 2021 0 0 HMC’s CDC wins global accolade Sep 28, 2021 0 0 Al Thumama Stadium represents heritage of Qatar, Arab world Next month, Al Thumama Stadium will be the latest FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 venue to be inaugurated when it hosts HH the Amir Cup Final between Al Rayyan and Al Sadd. The October 22 unveiling will mark the completion of the .. Up to 90% of UK petrol pumps dry amid panic buying Petrol pumps in English cities are running dry after panic buying worsened shortages caused by a lack of truckers. Queues of cars snaked back from filling stations across the country on Sunday, swallowing up supplies and ..