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Thuringia will return to the polls after the scandal over the election of its prime minister with AfD support

February 6, 2020
Thomas Kemmerich, primer ministro electo de Turingia

Thomas Kemmerich, elected Prime Minister of Thuringia – Martin Schutt / dpa-Zentralbild / dp

ERFURT (GERMANY), Feb. 6 (DPA / EP) –

The liberal Thomas Kemmerich, elected on the eve of the Thuringian Prime Minister with the support of the extreme right, announced Thursday that he wants to resign, and his parliamentary group plans to request the dissolution of parliament. This step would allow the call for new elections in that region of eastern Germany.

Thuringia will return to the polls after the scandal over the election of its prime minister with AfD supportThuringia will return to the polls after the scandal over the election of its prime minister with AfD support

“With this, Thomas L. Kemmerich wants to eliminate the stigma of support from the (alternative right-wing Alternative for Germany) AfD from the post of prime minister,” the German Liberal Party (FDP) parliamentary group in Thuringia said in a statement. “Resignation is inevitable,” Kemmerich said.

On Wednesday, Kemmerich was surprisingly elected as the new prime minister of the federated state of Thuringia in the third round of voting thanks to the support of AfD and the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The liberal candidate, whose party exceeded the threshold of 5 percent to enter the regional Parliament in the elections held a few months ago, prevailed over the outgoing Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow, of the Left Party. This is the first time a prime minister is elected with AfD votes.

Also among the conservatives of the CDU, the pressure to reverse the election supported by the Christian Democrats of Thuringia grows. From South Africa, where he is on an official visit, Merkel has described Kemmerich's election as “unforgivable” and has requested a correction, thus indirectly placing himself on the side of those who ask for a new call for elections.

For his part, Kemmerich had affirmed this morning on a program of the ARD television network that he had been elected and that new elections would only serve to strengthen political extremes. “Work begins now,” said Kemmerich, who intended to form a minority government in conjunction with the CDU, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Greens, but these last two formations refused.

This coalition could only have ruled in Thuringia with the support of the Left, the outgoing minister Ramelow, or the right-wing AfD.

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