Bodo Ramelow has to face a constructive vote of no confidence. AfD politician Björn Höcke is up for election. The CDU is planning a boycott – that stirs up bad suspicions.
Erfurt – The chaos in the Thuringian state parliament is richer by another volte. The CDU parliamentary group wants to indirectly boycott the constructive vote of no confidence requested by the AfD against Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow: The MPs would not leave their seats in the plenary hall to cast their votes, the CDU in Erfurt announced on Wednesday. In return, it received harsh criticism from the competition.
The AfD wants to put their parliamentary group leader Björn Höcke for election as prime minister in the vote. “With his candidacy, Björn Höcke is once again trying to make this Parliament contemptible. Therefore we will not get involved in the transparent games of the AfD, “said CDU colleague Mario Voigt.
However, there is also the thesis that the Christian Democrats wanted to prevent their own MPs from voting for Höcke – or that the AfD uses the secret election to spread rumors. However, it seems rather unlikely that any additional votes for the AfD could come from other parliamentary groups.
Thuringia: CDU wants to boycott Höcke vote – SPD, Left and Greens appalled
“The CDU parliamentary group in Thuringia is not in a position to vote unanimously against a Prime Minister Höcke in Thuringia. All respect “, tweeted the left federal chief Susanne Hennig-Wellsow. The CDU * had a “much bigger problem in demarcation from the extreme right” than expected. Hennig-Wellsow was left chairman in Thuringia until she became party leader. In the election of FDP politician Thomas Kemmerich as Prime Minister * with votes from the FDP, she had provided a formative image – she had thrown the congratulatory bouquet at Kemmerich’s feet.
“They are a pathetic bunch – because of the firewall against the right? A slack black-and-brown tarpaulin is what you can go in and out of, ”explained former SPD vice-president Ralf Stegner in the short message service. He called on CDU leader Armin Laschet * to step in and get the parliamentary group to vote “no”. “If a fascist runs for prime minister, you put up resistance,” said SPD General Secretary Lars Klingbeil there. “Anyone who leaves the room is a coward.”
AfD vote of no confidence in Thuringia: Greens attest CDU “running away from right-wing extremists”
The federal manager of the Greens, Michael Kellner, accused the Thuringian Christian Democrats of “running away from right-wing extremists”. “This is embarrassing behavior on the part of the CDU,” he said. Voigt also referred to an assessment by the Thuringian State Office for the Protection of the Constitution, which identifies the AfD regional association as “proven extremist efforts”. However, he drew different conclusions: “Björn Höcke is a right-wing extremist and will not get a vote from us,” he emphasized.
The Thuringian state parliament is to decide on Friday after the lunch break on a motion of no confidence announced by the AfD parliamentary group against Ramelow. The CDU’s abstention will probably not have any practical consequences. In the constructive vote of no confidence, 46 votes are required for the candidate. The AfD has only 22 seats in the state parliament. Höcke’s candidacy is therefore de facto hopeless.
Thuringian state parliament in chaos: red-red-green hopes for a “policy of enabling” – FDP is likely to lose parliamentary group status
Most recently, plans to dissolve the state parliament had failed. Several MPs from the CDU had announced that they would not vote for this approach; thus a majority for the step was in jeopardy. The left, the Greens and the SPD did not want to depend on the AfD for the dissolution of the state parliament.
How majorities are to be found in the Erfurt parliament is currently unclear: The CDU has terminated a stability pact with the red-red-green government. Ramelow emphasized that majorities would now have to be organized with the help of five parliamentary groups. The top priority now is to draw up the state budget for 2022. Vice-Prime Minister and Environment Minister Anja Siegesmund (Greens) spoke of a “policy of enabling” that is now needed.
Left, SPD and Greens will have to seek approval for their plans from the CDU and FDP. Majorities beyond the left and AfD are not possible in parliament. With the CDU they are likely to have bad cards: “Our goal remains to end the broken red-red-green minority government,” stressed Voigt again on Wednesday.
But the FDP is also in trouble: The state parliament member Ute Bergner has “not unexpectedly” left the parliamentary group, confirmed the Liberals. The FDP is threatened with losing its parliamentary group status, since after leaving it will no longer have the minimum number of five members required for a parliamentary group. The party entered parliament in 2019 with 5.0 percent. Bergner had recently wanted to support the dissolution of the state parliament – unlike their parliamentary group leader Kemmerich. (fn with material from AFP) *Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.