Constituent meeting: AfD candidate fails in the election of the Landtagspräsidiums

Constituent meeting: AfD candidate fails in the election of the Landtagspräsidiums

  • At the constituent meeting, former MPs meet new members of the Bavarian State Parliament. Prime Minister Markus Söder wishes his designated Deputy Hubert Aiwanger "Good luck as a statesman".
  • The former Minister Ilse Aigner is elected as the new President of the Landtag.
  • The AfD member Raimund Swoboda receives 27 yes and 153 votes against when it comes to the election of one of Aigner's deputies.

From Roman Deininger. Lisa Quick and Wolfgang Wittl

The premiere of this legislature, which may end with a first scandal, begins under a meter-long fresco. "Introduction of Alexander von Humboldt into a Circle of Famous Men of Art and Science in Bavaria" is the title of the work of Engelbert Seibertz in the academy hall of the state parliament. The architect Leo von Klenze is depicted, as is the physicist Joseph von Fraunhofer. Beneath the fresco sits a circle of famous men from state politics, one of whom is introduced rather gruffly into the customs of government work. At 9 o'clock Prime Minister Markus Söder and his designated Deputy Hubert Aiwanger put their signatures on Monday under the coalition agreement of CSU and free voters. "Good luck as a statesman," Söder says with a smile that can mean anything: sincerity, pity – or ridicule.

Söder and Aiwanger: That there are two men clashing with robust power instinct, was already felt on Sunday evening, when the two wrestled in separate appearances for the interpretation of their sovereignty over their alliance. "We choked them many topics that they did not want," says Aiwanger in the Munich Hofbräukeller, he means the CSU. Although he praises Söder as a "fair negotiator," he also says, "Maybe there's one last bit of mistrust left." In the coming weeks and months, it will be observed whether Aiwanger and Söder can reduce this mistrust. Or if it even grows in government life.

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The operation in the parliament takes on Monday on fast speed. Hard-working forces hustle through the corridors with the vacuum cleaner, as well as an AFD man makes a clean sweep. At 9:36 am, Uli Henkel will send out a press release declaring his withdrawal from candidacy to become vice president of the state parliament. "Out of respect and respect for the dignity of the House" he withdrew his application, writes the Munich AfD man – and sends a charge right along. He has never been in conflict with the law and should now be dismantled. That the constitutional protection against him determine, was "an absolute monstrosity". Anyway: Instead of Henkel nominated the AfD the Middle Franconia Raimund Swoboda. Is that enough to avert the expected scandal? Henkel, who was under surveillance by the German constitutional protection agency, agreed with members of other factions that they would not vote. And Swoboda?

The falls through in the election in the evening. Mittelfranke receives just 27 votes. 153 deputies vote No, 22 abstain, two votes are void. Thus, all other factions have voted almost completely against Swoboda, who would have needed in the secret ballot a simple majority of votes. The AfD has 22 members.

At lunchtime, the factions meet for their meetings, including the AfD and her candidate Swoboda. In order to know who is in front of them, members of parliament have cut out an article depicting all AfD parliamentarians. The constitutional protection Swoboda is not observed, even to the "wing", the right-wing camp of the AfD, the man from Bad Windsheim should not count. Swoboda spent 43 years with the police, most recently as senior director. He is confident of being elected by the other factions. He relied on a "democratically respectful approach".

Respect, yes, but choose an AFD man? Florian Streibl is skeptical. "I assume that there is a negative attitude," says Streibl with a view to his group. Yes, his faction – not Hubert Aiwanger's. The Free Voters have the previous faction CEO Streibl at their head as Aiwanger moves up to the Cabinet. Deputy Prime Minister and faction leader, this is not even the factotum Aiwanger possible. What would he do differently than his predecessor? Streibl: "He has his style, I mean." His faction is a "heart chamber," says Streibl still in pure CSU diction. But he also has Christian social touch points. His father was the former CSU Prime Minister Max Streibl, Edmund Stoiber once rudely retired. Now his son is allowed to manage the government work with the CSU, that too is a punchline of the day.

Just before three o'clock, the deputies flocked to the plenary chamber, new ones like the former TV host Alexander Hold and the former FDP chief of state Albert Duin. And veteran as Marcel Huber. The Minister of the Environment runs as always with a friendly smile through the Stone Hall, but how it looks in him, can only be guessed. The Free Voters have surprisingly claimed the Ministry of the Environment; Huber has to fear for his place in the Cabinet, even though he is CSU-voiced king in Upper Bavaria and should have made a strong appearance in the coalition negotiations.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Culture also go to the FW. The previous Minister of Education Bernd Sibler should be set in the Cabinet, the Lower Bavarian could slip into the science department, which he already served as Secretary of State. Still economics minister Franz Pschierer from Swabia can hope for the Ministry of construction, housing and traffic, which so far Ilse Aigner led. But nothing is certain, Söder announces personnel decisions only next week. Aigner will be elected Landtag President on Monday. Her predecessor Barbara Stamm – long applauded – has a seat on the VIP stand and watches as Aigner and the FDP member of parliament Helmut Markwort greet each other with kisses.

Politics has been observing Markwort as a journalist. Now he has the chance to make politics – he uses it extensively. As an aged president, the 81-year-old opens the first plenary session. After nine minutes, his predecessor was there five years ago already at the end, Markwort has not even completed the greeting. He calls on MEPs to take the Constitution even more seriously. Markwort criticizes the government that has been rattling around on their cell phones while opposition politicians struggled at the lectern. He calls on officials not to use their legal sense "to get rid of them but to make it possible".

The first appearance of the AFD follows immediately. She wants to postpone the vote on the Rules of Procedure, and she did not have the time to inform herself of the changes planned by the other groups. "That starts off well," comments SPD man Florian von Brunn. The AfD application is rejected with the votes of all others. Christoph Maier, the parliamentary director of the AfD, calls for "equality of arms". Her candidate Henkel was "politically prejudiced". The AFD abstains from voting on the Rules of Procedure, but not when electing the President of the Landtag.

With 198 out of 205 votes Ilse Aigner is elected to the top of the parliament, all members clap standing. Aigner wishes collegial cooperation, another appeal should be addressed to the AfD. The legislature represents all people, "no matter where they come from, what color they have or what religion they practice". Xenophobia has no place in this house.

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