13 Oct. 2021 19:53 Uhr
After 15 years in parliament, the SPD is changing its government partner in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig announced on Wednesday that she would lead coalition negotiations with the Left Party. The previously co-governing CDU goes into opposition.
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) announced on Wednesday that the SPD wants to change its government partner after 15 years: The SPD, which had clearly won the state elections at the end of September, announced coalition negotiations with the Die Linke party in Güstrow. The previously co-ruling CDU is now switching to the opposition. From 1998 to 2006 the SPD ruled together with the PDS / Die Linke as a junior partner in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The first red-red state government in Germany, formed by Harald Ringstorff against the will of the Federal SPD, sparked discussions at the time.
On Wednesday evening, the Prime Minister first briefed the state executive, the party council and the parliamentary group on the progress of the explorations before appearing in front of the press. After the election, the negotiating group led by Schwesig held talks with the CDU, the Left, the FDP and Bündnis90 / Die Grünen as possible coalition partners. In the 79-member parliament, the SPD alone has 34 members, while the red-red coalition has a stable majority with 43 seats.
With this decision, the prime minister might also react to the desolate situation of the CDU in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, which suffered a clear defeat in the elections and is looking for new executives. Schwesig had previously emphasized that she wanted to form a stable government with reliable partners. It now seems more likely to do so with the left than with the CDU, whose party chairmanship is only temporarily occupied, for example. In the Left, on the other hand, parliamentary group leader Simone Oldenburg was unanimously re-elected, although the party achieved a unanimous result for the first time with 9.9 percent. With nine MPs, the left can now lay claim to two departments, the SPD would gain a ministry.
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