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Merkel's CSU allies poised to lose absolute majority in Bavaria

As Bavaria goes to the polls for Sunday’s election, the southeastern German state is bracing for a political earthquake.

The conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) party – an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian democrats – has dominated politics in the region since the end of World War II.

But it is expected to lose its absolute majority in Sunday’s election, with opinion polls projecting that it will only win a third of the vote.

Thousands of voters have left the CSU for the far-right AfD party, which is expected to take 10 percent.

FRANCE 24 takes a look at the political landscape in Bavaria and what has led to the CSU’s decline.

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