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Merkel elected to third term

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BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel may have captured a shock absolute majority in her winning bid for a third term in German elections Sunday, in a first since the 1950s, preliminary estimates indicated. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel smiles as she celebrates on the stage of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party's headquarters after exit polls were published in Berlin on September 22, 2013.

With the ballots still being counted, forecasts on public television showed Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) within a few seats of their own majority with about 42 percent of the vote.

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