After the election scandal in Thuringia, FDP chief Christian Lindner and Thomas Kemmerich try to calm the mind. To do this, they have taken various steps.
- FDP politician Thomas Kemmerich was elected Prime Minister of Thuringia on Wednesday with votes from the AfD .
- After this move triggered a political quake and massive criticism * , Kemmerich announced his resignation just one day later.
- You can read all previous developments on the election scandal in Thuringia in our news ticker.
Erfurt - One day after the political earthquake in the election of the prime minister in Thuringia, FDP leader Christian Lindner and the controversial Thuringian prime minister Thomas Kemmerich * tried to do extensive damage control .
After Thuringian election scandal: FDP wants to dissolve the state parliament
It was first announced on Thursday that the FDP wanted to dissolve the Thuringian state parliament - although Kemmerich had confirmed in the ARD morning magazine that same morning that it would not resign because new elections would only strengthen the political margins. A crisis talk that Kemmerich had with party leader Lindner a few hours later may have contributed significantly to his sudden change of opinion. Because around 2 p.m., immediately after the meeting with Lindner, he himself went public and announced his resignation .
Immediately afterwards, around 3 p.m., Lindner turned to the cameras and explained that Kemmerich's decision was the "only possible , only correct decision". Lindner emphasized that he had freed himself from the dependency of the AfD within a day. And further: Any kind of cooperation with the AfD should not exist in a democratic party in Germany. The parliamentary group wanted to take an initiative to dissolve the state parliament and enable new elections. Chancellor Angela Merkel had previously requested this.
Regarding today's reporting by @BIDeutschland (Business Insider), we note: At no time did the FDP party chairman, @c_lindner, internally or publicly approve of any kind of cooperation with the AfD. #Thuringia- FDP (@fdp) February 6, 2020
Lindner also draws personal consequences from the election scandal in Thuringia
Lindner also draws personal consequences after the events in Thuringia *. He wants to ask the question of trust in the party leadership on Friday. To this end, the Federal Executive Board should meet for a special meeting, the FDP chief announced on Thursday in Erfurt. “After today's decisions here in Erfurt, it is possible for me to continue as chairman. But I want to make sure that our management body is legitimized, ”said Lindner.
Previously, criticism of Lindner had been raised that he did not position himself clearly enough in relation to what was happening in Thuringia. A report on Twitter by the FDP denied a report by the online magazine Business Insider, according to which Lindner had already given the green light for a Kemmerich election with AfD votes two days before the Prime Minister election .
Lindner calls on the CDU to support new elections in Thuringia
In his public statement , Lindner also asked the CDU to join the initiative for a new election . "We as Free Democrats have clarified the situation. We now expect the same from the Union and its Federal President Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer . ”Just a few minutes later, CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak announced that his party also welcomed new elections in Thuringia. In a short public appearance, where questions from journalists were not allowed, he said that Kemmerich's decision to step down was long overdue even after 24 hours.
With resignation, new elections and a question of trust from the FDP party executive board , Lindner and Kemmerich have now - albeit somewhat delayed - set all levers in motion to limit damage after the electoral scandal in Thuringia.
* Merkur.de is part of the nationwide Ippen Digital editors network.