September 5, 2016 / 11:50 AM / 3 years ago

Merkel unsatisfied with German state election result

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks during ARD summer-interview infront of the Reichstag in Berlin, Germany August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Stefanie Loos

HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she was unhappy about the results of Sunday’s regional election, where her party was relegated to third place behind an anti-immigrant party but added her refugee policies have been right all along.

Merkel acknowledged her pro-refugee position in the last year had a lot to do with her conservative party’s drubbing in the northern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

“I’m very unsatisfied with the outcome of the election,” Merkel told reporters. “Obviously it has something to do with the refugee question. But I nevertheless believe the decisions made were right and we have to continue to work on them.”

Reporting by Gernot Heller; Writing by Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by Andrea Shalal

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