Thuringia: Parties agree on new elections in April 2021

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Parties in Thuringia agree on new elections in April 2021

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As of February 21, 2020 | Reading time: 2 minutes

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“We have found a way for the Democrats”

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A breakthrough was achieved in the Thuringian government crisis. Left, SPD and Greens agreed with the CDU on a prime ministerial election on March 4. “We have a road map,” said former Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow.

A new state parliament is to be elected in Thuringia next year. The Left, SPD and Greens have agreed on this with the CDU. Before that, Bodo Ramelow wants to stand for re-election as Prime Minister.

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IA breakthrough has been achieved in the Thuringian government crisis. Left, SPD and Greens agreed with the CDU on a prime ministerial election on March 4, as the former head of government Bodo Ramelow (Left) announced on Friday evening in Erfurt. The Thuringian Left Group leader Susanne Hennig-Wellsow announced that her parliamentary group wants to propose Ramelow as a candidate. The four parties also agreed to a new parliamentary election on April 25, 2021.

The parties also agreed on a “stability mechanism”, as Ramelow said. This should ensure, among other things, that the AfD does not tip the scales when it comes to political decisions in the state parliament.

The agreement is intended to end a government crisis in the state of 2.1 million inhabitants that has lasted more than two weeks. This was triggered by the election of the FDP politician Thomas Kemmerich as the Thuringian prime minister. The 55-year-old was elected head of government on February 5 with votes from the AfD, CDU and FDP – this had caused indignation and protests across the country.

The day after his election, Kemmerich announced his resignation, which he submitted on February 8. Since then he has been managing director. Kemmerich had not named any ministers for his cabinet after his election.

SPD head of state Wolfgang Tiefensee said: “The CDU is thus clearing the way to ensure stable conditions in parliament and thus in Thuringia by the end of the year as a constructive opposition.” Overall, it was possible to elect the prime minister on March 4 to form the red-red-green minority government and “end the unbearable situation of a governmentless period under a resigned Prime Minister Kemmerich”.

The left-wing chairwoman Katja Kipping wrote on Twitter that the agreement now reached has a historical dimension: “The equidistance practiced by the CDU is now effectively done. Good-bye horseshoe theory. ”That the CDU is correcting the exclusion of left ideas is good news for the“ anti-fascist consensus of the Basic Law ”.

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