6:24 PM, June 6, 2021
In Saxony, Anhalt, eastern Germany The state elections were defeated. Polls have just closed. This election was the last power struggle between German parties before the federal elections at the end of September. Saxony-Anhalt, with a population of just under 2.2 million, is one of the smallest German federal states. Since German reunification in 1990 and the resurgence of the disbanded East German states during the GDR era, the CDU has served as the head of government for most of the time. Rainer Haselof (CDU) has been in office since 2011. But does Kenya’s divided alliance with the SPD and the Greens have a future?
Here are the first predictions: The CDU led by Prime Minister Haselow improved its score significantly in Saxony-Anhalt – The AfD was clearly left behind. The Greens, the SPD and the left are being beaten. The FDP succeeds in returning to the state parliament.
According to the poll conducted by the Infratest dimap, the Christian Democrats received 36% of the ARD party’s vote, far ahead of the right-wing populist AfD, which came in at 22.5%. The left reached 11.0 per cent and the SPD at 8.5 per cent, the Greens achieved 6.5 per cent and the FDP with 6.5 per cent should be able to return to the Magdeburg state parliament after ten years.
Haselof has ruled Saxony-Anhalt since 2016 in Kenya’s first alliance with the SPD and the Greens. In purely mathematical terms, he could continue the alliance. It may also be enough for the CDU to ally with the SPD and the FDP. Haselov categorically ruled out cooperation with the AfD before the elections.
“Democracy must be strong in the middle.”
“I did everything necessary and, above all, what was possible to convince people that we need stability and a democratic center,” said Rainer Haselof in the morning after the vote in Wittenberg. Democracy must always be so strong in the middle that “no one else stands a chance, no matter what the democratic advantage”.
But in the 2016 elections, the AfD became the second strongest party with more than 24 percent. The Black-Red Haselov alliance lost the majority. He then formed a three-party coalition with the inclusion of the Green Party, which in Germany was called the “Kenya Alliance” because of the party’s colors (black – red – green).
The elections in Saxony-Anhalt are also the first state elections since the president of the CDU, Armin Laschet, was nominated as a joint candidate for chancellor by the CDU and its Bavarian sister party, CSU. He is victorious in an internal power struggle against CSU President Markus Söder, who has many supporters in Saxony-Anhalt. Laschet is fighting in the September 26 federal election to succeed long-time Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will not run after four terms and 16 years in government.