The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Thuringia announced yesterday (3 February) their candidate for the state’s Minister-President elections, which will take place on Wednesday (5 February).
Challenging incumbent Bodo Ramelow of the Left (Die Linke) will be Christoph Kindervater, the honorary mayor of a 350-person town who claims no party affiliation.
Kindervater, however, does belong to a group of highly conservative Christian Democrat (CDU) voters known as the “Union of Values.”
The 42-year-old claims that he wants to prevent a minority government between the Left (Die Linke), Social Democrats (SPD), and the Greens.
But the CDU and the Free Democrats (FDP) have stated that they will not support a candidate put forward by the AfD.
Additionally, Ramelow’s AfD opponent could create a smoother path to his reelection constitutionally. As it stands, Ramelow running unopposed would not receive majority support in the state parliament with the FDP, CDU, and AfD voting against his candidacy.
In this scenario, the state constitution is unclear whether he could be elected.
However, in the head-to-head race, the constitution clearly states whoever receives the most votes wins. (Sarah Lawton | EURACTIV.de)