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German parties gather to find a way out of the Thuringian crisis

February 10, 2020

ÉRFURT (GERMANY), Feb. 10 (DPA / EP) –

Leaders of the main German political parties will meet on Monday in the cities of Erfurt and Berlin to try to find a way out of the crisis in the state of Thuringia resulting from the election of a liberal prime minister with the support of the Alternative ultra-right-wing party for Germany (AfD) and resignation hours after the designee.

The political leaders will hold meetings in Erfut and in the capital of Germany to prepare a second vote to elect the Prime Minister of Thuringia, following the resignation of Thomas Kemmerich, a member of the Liberal Party of Germany (FDP).

German parties gather to find a way out of the Thuringian crisisGerman parties gather to find a way out of the Thuringian crisis

Kemmerich won the progressive Bodo Ramelow, acting prime minister, in the vote last Wednesday with the support of the CDU parliamentarians Angela Merkel and AfD. However, the collaboration with AfD, an ultra-right-wing anti-immigration party, which has Nazi sympathizers and drives anti-Semitism, has been a 'red line' for Germany's main political parties.

The far-left parliamentary group Die Linke, the largest group in the Thuringian State Parliament, will meet on Monday to plan the next steps. Ramelow, the candidate of this formation, lost in last week's vote by a single vote. Now his party seeks to get the support of the CDU and the FDP.

Hours later this Monday, representatives of Die Linke, the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Green Party will meet to try to add support for the re-election of Ramelow as prime minister of a minority government.

In Berlin, prominent leaders of the CDU will meet to decide whether their parliamentarians support the re-election of Ramelow. The CDU will study whether it allies with Die Linke, the SPD, the Greens and the FDP, so as not to have to count on AfD votes. Otherwise, there is a danger that Ramelow can only win with the votes of the far-right party.

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