BERLIN, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) won 39 percent of the vote in Sunday's state parliament election in eastern German state of Saxony, according to initial predictions of German television ARD.
CDU's coalition partner, the Free Democratic Party (FDP), got only 3.5 percent and failed to cross the minimum threshold to enter the state parliament, while Germany's anti-euro party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD), has won its first seats in the state parliament.
The AfD won 10 percent support, gaining a political foothold in opposition to Merkel's grip on power. Her CDU has been in power in Saxony since Germany's 1990 reunification.
Voters in Saxony were the first to vote in regional legislative elections since Merkel's triumphant return for a third stint at the helm of Europe's top economy in last September's general elections.