Social Democrats projected to retain power in north German state of Bremen

FILE - The yacht harbor in Bremerhaven, Germany, is pictured on May 16, 2019. Voters are going to the polls in Germanys northern state of Bremen on Sunday, May 14, 2023 to decide whether the center-left Social Democrats should continue to run a city theyve governed since World War II. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File) (Martin Meissner, Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

BERLIN – Initial projections showed Germany's Social Democrats winning regional elections held Sunday in the northern state of Bremen, making it likely they will continue running a city they’ve governed since World War II.

German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF reported that the Social Democrats received about 30% of the vote, ahead of the center-right Christian Democratic Union, which had about 25%.

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The Social Democrats' two junior coalition partners, the Greens and the Left party, were together projected to win more than 20%. Bremen Mayor Andreas Bovenschulte said there were “good reasons” to continue the center-left alliance but added that he would also speak with the Christian Democrats.

A local protest party, Angry Citizens, received more than 10% of the vote, according to German media.

Almost 500,000 voters ages 16 and older in Bremen and its North Sea exclave, Bremerhaven, were eligible to cast ballots. A final tally was not expected before Monday.

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