World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc congratulated on Monday German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her unconfirmed victory in Sunday's federal voting, saying she "apparently preserved and even strengthen in the elections her position and power as the chancellor."
"According to initial unconfirmed results, at least 10 Turkish Germans were elected as deputies to the German parliament, as I learned. Their number will probably increase," he told reporters on after inaugurating a "World Foundations Conference" organized by the Turkey's Directorate General of Foundations in Istanbul.
Turkish Deputy PM stressed that Angela Merkel "apparently preserved and even strengthen in the elections her position and power as the chancellor."
"It seems that Merkel will form a coalition again. I would like to congratulate Merkel for her victory in the polls," he added.
Arinc also expressed hope for the German elections to add a fresh momentum to Turkish-German relations and yield positive results.
"This result won't lead to any loses for Turkey's part, but it will certainly provide us gains. I think Merkel will attach (in her new term) more importance to the friendship and cooperation of Turkey more potently," Arinc concluded.
Merkel's conservative bloc took about 41.5 percent of the votes in Sunday's vote, getting 311 seats -- just short of an absolute majority. She is likely to push for a grand coalition with the Social Democrats, who won about 26 percent of the votes.
Greens won 8.4 percent -- down 2.3 percent from previous elections -- as leftist Linke increased support by 3.3 percent to win 8.6 percent of the votes.
Merkel's former junior coalition partner, liberal Free Democrats, won 4.8 percent in a historic failure to cross the threshold of 5 percent needed to enter parliament.
One Turkish German candidate from Merkel's CDU party, five from the Social Democrats (SPD), three from the Green Party and two from the Left Party have won seats in the 630-member Bundestag.Last Mod: 23 Eylül 2013, 15:33