Breakthrough in Thuringia Poker! According to BILD information, the CDU, Left, Greens and SPD have agreed on new elections.
Ramelow confirmed on Friday evening that he wanted to stand for election again on March 4 in the state parliament – he might then come back to power if the CDU MPs abstained or were absent. From CDU circles told BILD that they had negotiated for five hours on Friday evening.
Under no circumstances does the CDU under state head Mike Mohring (48) want to enter a coalition; Ramelow would have to lead the state with a red-red-green minority government.
SPD head of state Wolfgang Tiefensee confirmed that there is such a deal: “With this, the CDU is clearing the way to ensure stable conditions in Thuringia as a constructive opposition by the end of the year.” -red-green minority government with Ramelow at the head.
Deputy CDU state leader Mario Voigt (43) told journalists about the CDU ban on cooperation with the AfD and the left, “the basic decision has been taken”. How the election of Ramelow should succeed in the first ballot remained open.
Linken co-boss Katja Kipping (42) celebrated the announcement from Thuringia that the process had historical dimensions. “That the CDU is finally correcting the exclusion of left ideas” is good news, writes Kipping.
The state has been de facto without government since February 5. FDP head of state Thomas Kemmerich was then elected prime minister with the votes of the CDU and AfD – a breach of taboo!
As a result, both CDU boss Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and the chairman of the CDU Thuringia declared the retreat and made their offices available. The federal CDU had previously ruled out cooperation with the left as well as with the AfD.
Government without majority
But Kemmerich has no coalition behind him, no majority in parliament. The FDP, with 5.0 percent, only just moved into the state parliament. That is why there are currently no ministers, the business is run by the State Secretaries. Kemmerich announced his resignation just a few days later and spoke in favor of new elections.
However, a two-thirds majority is required for this in Parliament. Means: The parties must agree on a regulation. The CDU, however, apparently has no interest in quick new elections – according to current surveys, it can expect dramatic losses if it only came to 12 percent. For comparison: at the end of October, the party had still received 21.7 percent of the vote in the state election.
In the past few days, the CDU and Red-Red-Green had therefore negotiated a transition variant. Ramelow had in the meantime also suggested that the prime minister be left – and named his predecessor Christine Lieberknecht (61, CDU) as a possible alternative.
However, red-red-green made fast elections a condition. The CDU rejected this and made counter-proposals.