Votes cast for selection of Merkel's successor in Germany, tough competition from opposition parties
A vote was held on Sunday to choose a successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has led Germany for 16 years. Here other parties are giving tough competition to Angela's party. Voters in Germany's federal election are in a state of disarray this time. After a long time, apart from Angela, the public has to choose such a new leader, who will work to give direction to the country.
6 crore 4 lakh voters of this country are choosing their new leader. Voting started at 8 am, which lasted till 6 pm. About 40 percent of these voters have done postal voting. This time the number of postal voting is more. In 2017, 28.6 percent of the postal votes were cast here.
60-year-old Armin Lachet is contesting from Merkel's party
Angela Merkel has refused to contest for the fifth time. This time, 60-year-old Armin Lashet, the leader of his party Christian Democratic Union (CDU), is contesting the election. Strongly against him is Olaf Scholz, the candidate of the left-wing Social Democrats (SPD). The only female candidate in this election is Annalena Baerbach from the Green Party.
Merkel emerged as an inspiration for women
Let us tell you that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has become a feminist icon after being in power for 16 years. Even though the world's most powerful woman has made preparations to step down. But of late she has accepted the feminist label. Also recognized that gender equality is still a long way off. She has emerged as an inspiration to many women in German.