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State election: Ramelow with coalition offer to the CDU – Voigt turns it down

State election: Ramelow with coalition offer to the CDU – Voigt turns it down

A new state parliament will be elected in Thuringia in just under three months. But the political situation is considered complicated. Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow wants to build a bridge for the CDU.

Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (Left) has once again signaled his CDU opponent Mario Voigt’s openness to a coalition. “The Democrats should also get along with each other,” said Ramelow on Wednesday at a reception hosted by the Erfurt Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Erfurt Chamber of Crafts in Weimar.

He had been in charge in Thuringia for ten years. “I would like the respect of the CDU having the courage to talk to me about how we can form a suitable state government that has its own majority,” said Ramelow. “Then we would have to take unusual paths.”

Voigt waved his hand: “Ten years of red-red-green is enough for Thuringia.” He is fighting for a change and to do better than the AfD. An incompatibility decision prohibits the CDU from forming a coalition with the Left.

Complicated search for majorities

A new state parliament will be elected in Thuringia on September 1st. The political situation in the state has been considered complicated for years. Ramelow is currently governing with a coalition of the Left, SPD and Greens, which does not have its own majority in parliament and against whose will the opposition has already passed laws several times – with the help of AfD votes.

Ramelow said in Weimar that he did not want a minority government. “We need a state government that has a majority in parliament.” Representatives of the Chambers of Commerce had also previously wanted a majority government for Thuringia.

At the same time, he said that whichever of the two did better in the state elections should have the preference to form a government and appoint the Prime Minister. “I am ready to talk to you democratically after September 1st at 6:01 p.m. Whichever of us gets the vote from the population should take care of how the government is formed,” said Ramelow reiterated that he was not fighting against any other party than the AfD.

In surveys, the CDU was recently in second place with around 20 percent, the Left at 16 percent and the AfD in first place with 30 percent.

Source: Stern

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