The picture of German politician Stephan Weil (SPD) is seen on an election poster next to a half torn one of the incumbent State Premier David McAllister the day after the elections in Hanover, northern Germany on January 21, 2013.Germany's centre-left opposition beat Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling alliance Sunday in a cliffhanger state poll eight months ahead of a national election, estimates on public television showed. In one of the tightest German state races in recent memory, the Social Democrats together with the Greens eked out a one-seat lead in Lower Saxony in northwestern Germany, just ahead of the incumbent coalition of Merkel's Christian Democrats with the Free Democrats. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN
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German Chancellor and Chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats (CDU) Angela Merkel embraces fellow party member David McAllister at the annual CDU party congress on December 9, 2014 in Cologne, Germany. The CDU is the senior partner in Germany's ruling government coalition.
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David McAllister, Primier of the state of Lower Saxony attends the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party congress in Cologne, western Germany, on December 9, 2014. Merkel was reelected for the 8th time with 96, 72 percent of votes. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL
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CDU General Secretary Peter Tauber, leading party member David McAllister and Volker Bouffier, Governor of Hesse, attend the annual CDU party congress on December 9, 2014 in Cologne, Germany. The CDU is the senior partner in Germany's ruling government coalition.