The two leaders of the left party Die Linke, Katja Kipping and Bernd Riexinger, have announced their plans to resign within a few hours, citing internal disagreements as reasons shortly before the end of their term in office.
Kipping and Riexinger, who have headed the party together for eight years, have come to the conclusion that they will not run for another term at the Die Linke congress on October 30th.
Kipping announced the decision on Friday evening, while Riexinger followed on Saturday with a five-page letter of explanation.
“Democracy within the party means that every position is a temporary position and that is a good thing,” said Kipping in his announcement, adding that eight years in the leadership had left their mark. “We’re known as a lively party where people sometimes enjoy fighting each other,” he added.