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BERLIN, September 23 (Itar-Tass) - The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) -- the party headed by Angela Merkel -- has emerged victoriou in Hesse Landtag elections. The voting was held simultaneously with elections to the Bundestag.
According to data issued in Wiesbaden on Monday, the CDU polled 38.3 percent of the vote, the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) gained 30.7 percent of the votd, the Union-90 (Greens) -- 11%, and the Left Party (LP) -- 5.2 %.
The Free Democratic Party (FDP), which failed to enter the Bundestag as a result of federal elections, managed to poll five percent of the vote in Hesse and, contrary to original forecasts, remains in the Landtag.
Seats in the Landtag of Hesse, which has a population of six million, have been distributed as follows: CDU -- 47, SPD-- 29, the Greens -- 14, FDP - 6, and LP -- 6. This makes it possible to created a whole lot of unions, including a "grand coalition" consisting of CDU-SPD.
The Hesse government forming process promises to be difficult. However, the local parties have got more time available than federal ones: the powers of the old-membership Landtag expire only in January 2014.