The Greens actually reserve first place on the list for women. In the Saarland there was still a male top candidate in Hubert Ulrich. That clears the way now.
Saarbrücken – The women’s statute of the Greens stipulates that odd places on the state list are reserved for women. But the dispute between the Saar Greens over their federal election list has shaken the party not only in the state. Even party leader Robert Habeck spoke of “turbulence” – and warned of violations of the law. Several state board members have already resigned.
Ex-Green country chief Hubert Ulrich has in the dispute according to information from Saarbrücker Newspaper now finally drawn the short straw. The 63-year-old does not want to take part in the new election planned for Saturday (July 17). The newspaper quotes him as saying that he firmly believes that a woman will be elected that day.
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“If I had known what the upheavals there are, I would not have run for office beforehand,” said Ulrich, according to the report, on the sidelines of a hearing at the Saarbrücken regional court. In addition, the court will probably not forbid the Saar Greens to hold a new state party congress on July 19 with a new election from the list.
Ulrich had requested that this be prohibited and that the party be obliged to submit the existing list with him as the top candidate. However, the presiding judge was unable to identify any legal violation, writes the Saarbrücker Newspaper. The competent state arbitration court of Rhineland-Palatinate had previously decided that the state list that had already been selected must not be submitted – among other things, because the women’s statute had been violated.
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The background: after the scandal surrounding the establishment of the state list, twelve local associations and one city association had come together to form the new “Green Alliance Saarland” and applied for a new state party congress on July 17th. The goal is the “reorganization of the state list”.
In the election of the previous state list on June 20, there were “several significant violations of statutes and electoral law”. Therefore, it was initially challenged by several district and local associations before the regional arbitration court. Thus it could be declared invalid, explained the Saarland Green Alliance.
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At the party conference on June 20, the candidate for first place on the list, Tina Schöpfer, failed in three ballots. The party congress then decided that, contrary to the women’s statute, a man could also run for first place: Ulrich was elected.
He prevailed in a voting against the country chief of the Green Youth, Jeanne Dillschneider. According to the Saarland Green Alliance, according to the women’s statute, this would have been entitled to be elected without the opposing candidacy of a male competitor. The upheavals in Saarland had given Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock anything but joy. In the party there was also talk of an “affront to the entire federal executive board”. (frs with material from dpa)