BREAKING: Thuringia’s newly elected Minister President Kemmerich steps down

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the election of Thomas Kemmerich as Thuringia's new Minister-President "unforgivable". EPA-EFE/BODO SCHACKOW [Bodo Schackow/ epa]

Only 25 hours after his election, the new Thuringian Minister-President Thomas Kemmerich (FDP) has announced his resignation. After a crisis meeting with FDP leader Christian Lindner, he will be stepping down to “remove the stigma of the AfD’s support from the Minster-President’s office”. EURACTIV Germany and agencies, report.

“Resignation is inevitable”, Kemmerich said on Thursday after meeting the FDP leader in Erfurt.

The Twitter team of Christian Lindner, the FDP chairman at the federal level, announced a press conference for 3 pm.

Political earthquake in Thuringia as new President gets elected with far-right votes

Thomas Kemmerich, a liberal democrat from the FDP party, became Thuringia’s new Minister-President on Wednesday (5 February), thanks to support from the Christian Democrats (CDU) and the far-right – a first in post-war Germany. EURACTIV Germany reports. 

Earlier, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) had also condemned Kemmerich’s election as Minister-President, which had been made possible by her own party and the right-wing AfD. She called yesteday’s vote “unforgivable”. During a visit to Pretoria in South Africa on Thursday (6 February), she demanded that the results should “be reversed”.

New elections in Thuringia might be “an option”, Merkel continued, adding that the CDU should “not participate” in a government under Minister-President Kemmerich.

The federal leaders of the conservative CDU and CSU parties, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Markus Söder, had also strongly condemned Kemmerich’s election on Wednesday (5 February).

Meanwhile, the Left (Die Linke), which was in power in Thuringia for almost 30 years, reported a nationwide boom in new entries. Within one day after Kemmerich’s election, ten times as many new members as usual had joined, the Left’s federal executive Jörg Schindler told the news agency AFP in Berlin on Thursday.

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