The head of the AfD in Thuringia, Björn Höcke, will be the top candidate State association classified as right-wing extremist by the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution. Höcke once again stated the goal of participating in the government in the Free State.
Björn Höcke leads the Thuringian AfD, which is classified as right-wing extremist by the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution, as the top candidate in the 2024 state election campaign. The 51-year-old was elected to number one on the list on Friday with 187 yes votes, 26 no votes and 2 abstentions at a state election meeting in Pfiffelbach (Weimarer Land). . He was elected with 87.79 percent of the votes cast. There were no opposing candidates. The entire list still has to be confirmed as a package by vote at the meeting lasting several days.
Björn Höcke wants the AfD to participate in the government in Thuringia
Höcke, who is the state party and parliamentary group leader in Thuringia, once again stated the goal of participating in the government in the Free State. They want to “ask the question of power” in the state elections.
However, the AfD is almost completely isolated in the current state parliament in Erfurt. None of the parties represented in parliament can imagine a coalition with the AfD. CDU and FDP accept AfD votes to pass their own laws. However, they have not yet supported AfD initiatives.
A new state parliament is to be elected in Thuringia on September 1, 2024. While the AfD came in second place behind Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow’s left in the 2019 state election, surveys recently saw it as the strongest force in the Free State – with values of 32 to 34 percent.