Source Pravda.Ru

Exit polls show Merkel in the lead in Germany's close-fought election

Exit polls showed conservative challenger Angela Merkel in the lead in Germany's close-fought election Sunday but falling short of a majority for a center-right coalition. Merkel said that she had a mandate to be the next chancellor but Gerhard Schroeder refused to concede defeat and said he could still theoretically remain in power if talks with other parties were successful, reported AP.