The Value Union wants a CDU candidate for the office of Prime Minister in Thuringia.
You have to be voted for by the AfD, according to its chairman.
The CDU is indignant.
Cologne - The ultra-conservative values union calls for a CDU candidate for the office of prime minister in Thuringia.
You have to be elected by all democratically legitimized members of the state parliament - including the AfD, said the new chairman Max Otte of the German press agency.
"If I'm elected, I don't care who I'm elected by," said Otte.
"That's how I understand democracy."
Thuringian CDU is indignant
The Thuringian CDU rejected his request and was indignant.
"In Thuringia, the AfD is largely right-wing extremist and squinting at its voices - no matter where - is completely out of the question," General Secretary Christian Herrgott made clear.
A bourgeois prime minister would correspond to the majority in the Thuringian state parliament, said Otte.
"It would be right if the CDU put up its own candidate for a constructive vote of no confidence." Although one would have to rely on the AfD, it would still have a CDU prime minister.
Otte said he continued to stand by the fact that the Union of Values did not work with either the AfD or the left.
But: “In a democratically legitimized parliament, you can still be elected by any member of the parliament.
The election of a CDU Prime Minister, also with votes from the AfD, is a thoroughly democratic process. "
Nobody can force the newly elected prime minister into a coalition with an unloved party.
“The new minority government would be a CDU minority government.
It would be up to you to organize new elections immediately. "
"No advice from this marginal micro-association"
Thuringia's CDU General Secretary said that the Union of Values had not even half as many members in all of Germany as the CDU in Thuringia alone.
“Our party does not need any advice from this marginalized micro-association.” Otte has not yet appeared in Thuringia either.
The Thuringian state parliament decided on Friday on a vote of no confidence that the AfD parliamentary group had pushed against Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left).
The parliamentary groups of the Left, SPD, Greens and FDP voted unanimously with no.
As announced, the CDU MPs stayed in their seats and did not vote - which had already brought them a lot of criticism.
Otte criticized the behavior of the CDU parliamentary group in Thuringia.
"They are chosen to vote and not to control each other," said the economist.
"The CDU MPs refuse to work."
The values union, which by its own account has around 4,000 members, sees itself as a representative of the conservative movement in the union, but is not an official party division. The CDU has a total of around 400,000 members, the CSU has around 140,000. dpa