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Buhari congratulates Merkel on election victory


President Muhammadu Buhari has joined other world leaders to congratulate the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, on her election victory .

Buhari felicitated with Merkel in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr . Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Monday.

He also congratulated Merkel’ s party for offering quality leadership to the European nation since the past two years, describing the victory as another opportunity to sustain the legacy of good work .

The president recalled his interactions with Merkel over the years, especially at the G 8 meeting in 2015 and during his visit to Germany in 2016 .

Buhari said he came out after each of the meetings with a strong impression of Merkel as a leader committed to building stronger ties across the world .

The Nigerian leader wished the German chancellor a successful tenure .

Merkel ’ s conservative Christian Union ( UDU/CSU) bloc scored 32 . 9 percent of the votes cast at the election held on September 24 , to clinch a record fourth term in office .

Political analysts say that Merkel ’ s party now has to build an uneasy coalition with its nearest rival, the Social Democrats and its candidate, Martin Schulz , coming a distant second with 20 . 8 percent of the votes.

They argue, however , that Merkel’ s victory is clouded by the hard-right AfD party , winning its first seats in the German parliament.

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