Germans vote Sunday in a general election that will bring the Angela Merkel era to an end.
Final polls showed a close race between the center-left Social Democrats and the conservative CDU/CSU camp, which won four general elections in a row under Merkel.
The SPD’s Olaf Scholz and the CDU/CSU’s Armin Laschet are the leading candidates to succeed the veteran chancellor, who is not running for another term after 16 years in power.
However, Merkel may be around for a while yet in a caretaker capacity as polls indicate three parties — rather than the usual two — may need to reach a deal on a coalition to have a majority in parliament.
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