Thuringia: Federal CDU rejects election of left-wing Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow

A party convention of the CDU Germany prohibits cooperation with the Left Party and AfD. Minister of Health Jens Spahn and numerous other party friends had previously spoken out against the compromise reached in Erfurt. Linke, SPD and Greens as well as the CDU in Thuringia had agreed on Friday evening on a compromise to settle the government crisis in the state. After that, a new prime minister is to be elected on March 4. After Ramelow wants to run again, it remained open where he wants to get the missing votes for an election in the first round.

Left, SPD and Greens have 42 votes, 46 are needed. The CDU had assured the SPD, Left and Greens on Friday evening that Ramelow would be elected Prime Minister in the first ballot. This is only possible if 46 MPs vote for him, i.e. four more than red-red-green seats in parliament. It would not be sufficient to abstain from several CDU deputies. Ramelow also made it clear on Saturday that there were 46 votes in the first ballot. The CDU parliamentary group did not want to elect the left-wing prime minister, the group made clear in a statement on Saturday. The Christian Democrats in Thuringia do not want to communicate that at least four MPs should vote for Ramelow. The number of CDU MPs who vote for Ramelow should also not be named.

According to information from the dpa news agency, it is being discussed that individual MPs whose names would not be given in advance vote in the secret ballot for Ramelow. "The majority of the CDU parliamentary group in the Thuringian Landtag takes note of yesterday's negotiation result," tweeted the CDU. It was discussed with party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer that the group would not refuse stable conditions and would accept offers from others for a stable situation. "We feel bound to it."

New election on April 25, 2021The four parties also agreed on a new election of Parliament on April 25, 2021 and a "stability mechanism", as Ramelow said. The mechanism is intended to ensure, among other things, that the AfD is not the tip of the scales when it comes to political decisions in the state parliament. 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.
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