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New Thuringian PM resigns amid pressure from mainstream parties

The newly elected Prime Minister of Thuringia, Thomas Kemmerich (FDP), has given up his position. The FDP parliamentary group announced in the state parliament, that he wanted to “take the blemish of support from the AfD from the office”.

Published: February 7, 2020, 3:28 pm

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    The parliamentary group will now request that the parliament be dissolved, thereby clearing the way for new elections.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has called for Kemmerich’s election to be reversed. The process is “unforgivable” and therefore “the result must also be reversed,” said Merkel on Thursday in Pretoria, South Africa.

    The election of Kemmerich was a “bad day for democracy”, complained Merkel. The values ​​and basic beliefs of the CDU were not adhered to. Under no circumstances should the Union take part in a government under Kemmerich, the former CDU chairwoman warned.

    CSU chief Markus Söder accused the Thuringian FDP of ignoring the will of voters. Söder warned that someone whose party won five percent of the vote in the state election should become prime minister shows that there will be no blessing on the matter. The CDU would lose credibility if it supported this. Therefore there must be new elections.

    The chairman of the AfD parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Alexander Gauland, replied in Berlin: “We are available for new elections in Thuringia and in the federal government at any time.”

    The Tagesspiegel had already reported in the morning that FDP leader Christian Lindner wanted Kemmerich to resign. On Wednesday, Lindner said that the Thuringian FDP had acted on their own.

    Kemmerich had initially refused to resign. On ZDF, he said that he had run as a candidate for the democratic center and was largely elected in a free and secret election, enabling him to form a government.

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    • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

      “Kemmerich had initially refused to resign. On ZDF, he said that he had
      run as a candidate for the democratic center and was largely elected in a
      free and secret election, enabling him to form a government.”

      Let’s hope that Thuringia’s voters keep this in mind when they go out to vote in the coming election. Kemmerich and the Thuringian party leaders that helped him form his one-day government did so as a last-ditch effort to end an otherwise unbreakable deadlock that has persisted since last year’s elections and has prevented the formation of a state government. In an ideal world (or a less non-ideal world than the current one), it might have worked.

      But it seems that the local Thuringian CDU violated a taboo imposed by Merkel and her minions, who deem
      it unacceptable for anyone in the CDU to work with the AfD. The local FDP also violated a taboo by not keeping in its place. What Kemmerlich did is almost as bad in Merkel’s eyes as anything done by the AfD. And of
      course the German left would never accept a workable government that replaces a leftist regime. So maybe new elections offer a way to would elect a new state legislature that can form a government. But the powers in Berlin should be aware that a higher electoral turnout above last year’s 65% will likely include a lot of very angry voters, some definitely out to spite Merkel and desiring to give her a comuppance. The AfD and FDP could, and should, garner more votes in the coming polls, but the CDU and the left are likely to be punished.

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