Far-left Die Linke: Failure to reach 5 per cent is ‘severe defeat’

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Germany’s far-left Die Linke (The Left) party says its failure to clear the 5-per-cent hurdle to gain seats in parliament was a “severe defeat.” Party leader Susanne Hennig-Wellsow said the party’s election result of 4.9 per cent of the vote was a “bitter blow” that meant that it would have to reinvent itself in opposition during the next four years. Despite its poor result, the party will be able to send lawmakers to the Bundestag after receiving three so-called “direct mandates,” which is when a party wins the largest vote share in a constituency.

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