October 2, 2005

Merkel may extend lead after final German vote: TV

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel's conservatives looked set
to extend their lead over German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's
Social Democrats to four parliamentary seats after a delayed
district vote on Sunday, according to a projection.

ZDF television said the conservatives seemed on course to
win 226 seats in the Bundestag lower house and the SPD 222
seats, based on the first results from voting in central
Dresden, the last area to vote in Germany's federal election.

After voting in the rest of Germany two weeks ago, the
conservatives had won three more seats in parliament than
Schroeder's SPD. The election in the eastern city of Dresden
was delayed due to the death of a candidate.