Senior CDU politician says Jamaica coalition possible

FILE PHOTO: Christian Democratic Union party, CDU, Secretary General Paul Ziemiak holds a statement after projections of the regional election in federal German states Baden Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate was announced at the party's headquarters in Berlin, Germany, March 14, 2021. Markus Schreiber/Pool via REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) - Exit polls of Germany's federal election show that a so-called Jamaica coalition of conservatives, the Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats is possible, a senior politician of Angela Merkel's CDU said on Sunday.

"The numbers show that there's a possibility for a future-oriented coalition of the Union (CDU/CSU), the Greens, and the FDP," Secretary General Paul Ziemiak told broadcaster ARD. "It will be a long election night."

The CDU/CSU bloc won 25% of the vote, their weakest result in a post-war federal election and on a par with the centre-left Social Democrat (SPD), the infratest exit poll for broadcaster ARD showed.

(Reporting by Kirsti Knolle; Editing by Maria Sheahan)

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