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AfD calls for term limits for Federal Chancellor

The AfD has called for a limitation of the term of office of the Federal Chancellor. A request to dealt with this issue was tabled on Thursday in the Bundestag.

Published: March 15, 2019, 8:10 am

    Berlin

    In it, the AFD states that it is in favor of changing Basic Law so that in future only one re-election of the Chancellor will be possible.

    This would limit the term of office to eight years. If the term of office is extended to five years, it would be ten years.

    A limitation of the term of office of the Federal Chancellor would contribute to prevent an excessive power grab by the Federal Chancellor, argued the AfD. “At the same time a monopolization of the power is counteracted,” it says in the application.

    Due to the dwindling legitimacy of state institutions as the term of office increases, a limitation of the term of office of some constitutional lawyers is considered to be a necessary element regarding the principle of democracy.

    However, according to the motion, the demanded amendment of Basic Law should not apply to a first-time takeover of office after a constructive vote of no confidence or after a failed vote of confidence. “In special situations – in the case of financial, economic, but also political and government crises – the legislative periods can be shortened,” said the AfD.

    Last year, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder also said in an interview with German news magazine Stern that limits should be imposed.

    Angela Merkel has served as Chancellor for nearly 13 years. He said the Chancellor terms should be capped. “Two terms, eight years — I think that wouldn’t be too bad,” Schröder said.

    There are no term limits in Germany and the last CDU chancellor, Helmut Kohl, served for 16 years before losing his bid for a fifth term in 1998 to Schröder (SPD).

    In the past few days, speculation intensified around a change in the Chancellor’s office, giving Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer perhaps the opportunity to get ready for the 2021 general election.

    After the Chancellor lost the party chairmanship, he “Merkel must go” atmosphere has not waned. Kramp-Karrenbauer was the one who responded to the European political paper of the French President Macron, not Merkel.

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