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Hamburg's Social Democrat mayor Scholz re-elected

Hamburg's Social Democrat mayor Scholz re-elected, anti-euro party AfD also in city parliament

Hamburg's Social Democrat mayor Scholz re-elected

BERLIN (AP) -- Voters have re-elected Hamburg Mayor Olaf Scholz of the Social Democrats in the northern Germany city -- a traditional stronghold of the center-left party.

According to ARD television exit polls Sunday, Scholz won with 47 percent of the vote. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party received only 16 percent. At national level, the two parties govern together in a coalition.

According to first exit polls, the AfD, an anti-Euro party that has expanded its platform to talk tough on immigration, got 5.2 percent -- just enough to get over the five percent hurdle needed to gain seats in the city's legislature.

The Free Democrats, which had been kicked out of Germany's parliament in the last national elections and several state parliaments, won 7 percent of the vote.

Updated : 2021-09-19 23:01 GMT+08:00