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Polls open in Germany's general election

Surveys suggest Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU alliance has a double digit lead over their nearest rivals

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People vote in the general election in Berlin, Germany, September 24, 2017.

BERLIN: Polls opened in Germany Sunday in a general election expected to hand Chancellor Angela Merkel a fourth term, while the hard-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is predicted to win its first seats in the national parliament.

Surveys suggest Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU alliance has a double digit lead over their nearest rivals, the Social Democrats. Four smaller parties, including the AfD, are battling it out for third place.

Polling stations will close at 1600 GMT.

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