The by himself initiated vote of confidence lead to the expected and desired vote of no confidence. 151 voted yes they had confidence in the chancellor 296 votes no 148 did not cast a vote 1 mandate is currently not filled. The chancellor in his defense of the vote of confidence procedure to be able to call early election read passages of Helmut Kohls speech who initiated the first historical early election in 1982 by the vote of confidence exploit. At that time the German constitutional court gave it an ok, but said it was a one time exeception Several members of parliament have announced they will bring this matter infront of the court again. Schroeder in his speech said that the retromovement in his party to socialism (a new left wing alliance will run at the elections) has forced him to go through this unusual step. But questions remain if this reason is valid. The SPD/Green alliance still has demonstrated they have a majority of votes. It is still unclear what Schroeder hopes to gain with the early elections. The main opposition is looking forward to taking over the country and is quite happy about this unexpected gift.