The Thuringian CDU chief Mike Mohring has spoken in favor of postponing the election of the prime minister in Erfurt, which is planned for early February. "We want to create legal certainty before the election and not leave the clarification to the Thuringian Constitutional Court afterwards," CDU state and parliamentary group leader Mohring told the newspapers of the Funke media group. The election practice should apply to the election of the prime minister: "Whoever has the relative majority is elected."
In Thuringia a red-red-green minority government is planned, to be led by the former Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left). The negotiators from the SPD, the Greens and the Left want to elect the Prime Minister on February 5 or 6. The CDU parliamentary group in the Thuringian state parliament believes that the constitutional question must be clarified before the prime minister is elected, which is why the election date chosen by red-red-green is neither sensible nor sustainable, as the Funke Medien group writes.
The background is the Thuringian constitution. An absolute majority of all members of the state parliament is required to elect the prime minister in the first two ballots. Because of the lack of majority for the three parties Ramelow can only be elected in the third ballot, in which an absolute majority of all members of the state parliament is no longer required. The prevailing interpretation of the Thuringian state constitution is that only the yes votes count in the third ballot – therefore Ramelow would be elected even if more no votes than yes votes are cast.
"No club chairman is elected in Germany unless there are more yes than no votes," criticized Mohring. All Thuringian constitutional organs would be elected with a majority: "The President of the Landtag, the President of the Constitutional Court. Of course, if the democracy is not to be harmed, that must also apply to the Prime Minister," emphasized Mohring.
The left had become the strongest party in the state election at the end of October and wants to continue to govern the SPD and the Greens with its previous partners. Together, however, they only get 42 out of 90 seats in the state parliament. Four votes to the absolute majority are missing.