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Tibet-Germany-2013Dharamshala: - The spiritual leader of Tibet His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Monday, 23 September has congratulated German Chancellor Angela Merkel on her third election victory in a row in Sunday's vote for the 630-seat national parliament, Bundestag.

In his letter to the Chancellor, His Holiness wrote how he was a great admirer of the European Union. He expressed his appreciation for her farsighted and leading role in the European Union's efforts to meet the aspirations of all Europe.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate His Holiness the Dalai Lama "also expressed his admiration for her firm stand on issues of principle and human rights."

Merkel's conservative bloc took about 41.5 percent of the votes in Sunday's vote, getting 311 seats -- just short of an absolute majority. She is likely to push for a grand coalition with the Social Democrats, who won about 26 percent of the votes.

Greens won 8.4 percent -- down 2.3 percent from previous elections -- as leftist Linke increased support by 3.3 percent to win 8.6 percent of the votes.

Merkel's former junior coalition partner, liberal Free Democrats, won 4.8 percent in a historic failure to cross the threshold of 5 percent needed to gain parliamentary representation.

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