German election: Merkel’s party ‘secures most votes’

Chancellor Angela Merkel is projected to win a fourth term in office after exit polls showed her conservative bloc winning 33.5 percent of the vote in a national election. Polls opened at 8am (0600 GMT) and closed at 6pm (16:00 GMT) with turnout slightly lower than four years ago. Merkel’s conservative bloc won 41.5 percent of…