German parties look for allies

German voters still have not learned who will lead them, more than a day after a national election. They went to the polls over the weekend to choose a successor to their longtime chancellor, Angela Merkel.

The Social Democrats under leader Olaf Scholz won the largest share of seats, but they only captured 25.7 percent of the vote. They edged out Merkel's Christian Democratic Union and its partner, the Christian Social Union.

Party leaders are trying to put together a coalition. They have reached out to the Green Party and the Free Democrats. Three parties may need to join forces to form a government. That would be a first in German history.

Merkel has led the country for 16 years. She will remain in office until the next chancellor is decided. Analysts say that process could take months.