German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party is seeking to make the most of its victory in this weekend’s regional elections in Saxony-Anhalt in the general elections scheduled for next September.
The leader of the Christian Alliance parliamentary bloc in the federal parliament, Ralph Brinkhaus, said the result of the Saxony-Anhalt election showed that the CDU was “ready for government” under Armin Laschet.
Haselov is now reviewing his party’s options for forming a governing coalition in the eastern German state, after the party won just over 37% of the vote in yesterday’s regional elections.
The right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) came in second place with nearly 21% of the vote. Nevertheless, he will be excluded from coalition negotiations because all the other major parties have already ruled out cooperation with him.
For Saxony-Anhalt President Rainer Hasseloff, other potential partners in the coalition are the Left, the SPD, the Greens, or the Free Democratic Party, none of which topped 11%.
Haselof confirmed in statements to the German media network ARD yesterday that he is seeking to form a stable governing coalition in the state, and said, “We do not want a vacillating party,” adding that the search for a coalition partner will continue “in all directions.”
While the Saxony-Anhalt election was a boost for the CDU, it was seen by some as a setback for many other parties, which are seeking success in the general elections scheduled for September 26.
The Green Party, which competes almost closely with the CDU in opinion polls nationwide and has high hopes of winning the next general election, has been particularly disappointing, increasing its share of the state vote by 0.7% compared to previous regional elections. year 2016.
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