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GERMAN SPD DEFEATS KOHL'S RULING PARTY

The Social Democratic Party, defeating Chancellor Helmut Kohl's conservative party for the third time this year, won elections by a landslide in Hamburg. Official results showed the Social Democratic Party, or SPD, garnered 48 percent of the vote Sunday, giving it a narrow majority in the Hamburg parliament.

Shortly after the results were announced, the liberal Free Democratic Party turned down an SPD offer to remain in Hamburg's governing coalition.

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Kohl's Christian Democratic Union suffered a major defeat, winning only 35 percent of the vote, about 5 percent less than in the last elections in 1987.