Berlin, Dusseldorf According to Secretary General Paul Ziemiak, the Federal CDU is opposed to the election of a left-wing Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow in Thuringia with the help of the CDU. Ziemiak said on Saturday in Iserlohn that those who choose Ramelow from the CDU are violating the decisions of the CDU.
On Friday evening, former Thuringian Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (Left) announced that the Left, SPD and Greens had agreed with the CDU on a Prime Minister election on March 4. Ramelow should go into the race for the left again, as faction leader Susanne Hennig-Wellsow announced. Parliament will also be re-elected on April 25, 2021. The parties did not provide details on how an absolute majority should be organized for Ramelow, whose red-red-green alliance lacks four votes in favor of a parliamentary majority.
On Saturday it became known that the CDU parliamentary faction Ramelow did not want to actively vote – even if the majority of the parliamentarians agreed to the compromise. “The CDU parliamentary group in the Thuringian state parliament takes majority note of yesterday’s negotiation result,” tweeted the CDU on Saturday. 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.”
Thuringia has been in a government crisis for more than two weeks since FDP politician Thomas Kemmerich was elected Prime Minister on February 5 with votes from the AfD, CDU and FDP. Kemmerich’s election triggered a political tremor and nationwide outrage. The 55-year-old resigned three days after his election and has been managing director since then – without naming a minister.
Ramelow said the condition was unbearable. “We need a government capable of acting.” A “stability mechanism” has now been agreed with the CDU. Among other things, this is to prevent the AfD from becoming the majority procurer in votes. A way had been found by the Democrats to remedy the crisis that others had caused.
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An election scenario could be such that the CDU parliamentary group does not make a commitment to Ramelow’s election, but only a group of CDU MPs, who should not be named. At least four votes from among the CDU would be needed for a majority.
The decision of the Federal Party not to cooperate with the Left or the AfD could thus be adapted to the Thuringian situation. In the past few days, several CDU politicians, including Thuringia’s ex-Prime Ministers Christine Lieberknecht and Dieter Althaus, as well as faction and party leader Mike Mohring, had asked for more freedom in the implementation of the incompatibility decision.
Even before Paul Ziemiak, other CDU politicians were critical of a possible election of Ramelow by CDU MPs. Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble refused to cooperate. “The Left Party is still legally the old SED. We had and have been colleagues in the Bundestag who were victims of the Stasi, ”said the CDU politician in an interview with the Handelsblatt. The fight against communism was part of the CDU.
Lower Saxony CDU chief warned that the CDU should not give up its clear stance for “tactical reasons”. We do not vote for the Prime Minister on the left, ”Althusmann told Die Welt on Sunday. “Not in Thuringia and nowhere else. That applies and must continue to apply.”
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