German Conservatives Win Last State Election Before National Vote

The contest in an eastern state, a stronghold of the Alternative for Germany, had been closely watched for signs of the far-right party’s appeal, which dipped slightly.
Voters in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt threw their support behind the leading conservatives on Sunday in the last regional ballot before Germany’s national election, denying the country’s leading far-right party a breakthrough performance.

Preliminary results showed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union breaking a losing streak in state ballots by winning 37 percent of the vote, widening its past margins over the nationalist Alternative for Germany, or AfD party.

The AfD won nearly 20.8 percent support, a loss of more than three percentage points as compared to five years ago. It remained firmly in second place, but failed to gain the momentum that could have given it a lift heading into the national vote.

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The Legislature

The heart of any parliamentary system of government is the legislature. Germany has a bicameral parliament. The two chambers are the Bundestag (Federal Diet or lower house) and the Bundesrat (Federal Council or upper house). Both chambers can initiate legislation, and most bills must be approved by both chambers, as well as the executive branch, before becoming law. Legislation on issues within the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal government, such as international treaties, does not require Bundesrat approval.

The federal government introduces most legislation; when it does so, the Bundesrat reviews the bill and then passes it on to the Bundestag. If a bill originates in the Bundesrat, it is submitted to the Bundestag through the executive branch. If the Bundestag introduces a bill, it is sent first to the Bundesrat and, if approved there, forwarded to the executive. The Joint Conference Committee resolves any differences over legislation between the two legislative chambers. Once the compromise bill that emerges from the conference committee has been approved by a majority in both chambers and by the cabinet, it is signed into law by the federal president and countersigned by the relevant cabinet minister.

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Federal Diet (Bundestag) elections 2017

Germany has a bicameral Parliament (Parlament) consisting of the Federal Council (Bundesrat) with 69 seats and the Federal Diet (Bundestag) with 622 seats.
In the Federal Council (Bundesrat) 69 members are filled by regional legislatures. In the Federal Diet (Bundestag), 299 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms and 299 members are allocated by popular vote through a mixed-member proportional system to serve 4-year terms.

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