5 Sep 2011

Regional election setback for Merkel

9:57 pm on 5 September 2011

German chancellor Angela Merkel has suffered a setback in a regional election where her parliamentary constituency is located.

Provisional results from the vote in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania show her Christian Democrat party received 23.1% of the vote, down from 28.8% in 2006 - a drop of 4%.

The BBC says Mrs Merkel's coalition allies, the Free Democrats (FDP), also fared badly, securing only 2.7% of the vote, down from 9.6% in 2006. Parties must reach 5% to enter the state's parliament.

The centre-left Social Democrats (SDP) came out ahead with 35.7% support while the opposition Greens also made gains.

Turnout appeared to be significantly down on the 2006 election, at 53.5% of eligible voters.