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Elections in Saxony-Anhalt: Haselow-CDU clearly won the AfD in second place المركز

Elections in Saxony-Anhalt: Haselow-CDU clearly won the AfD in second place المركز

Status: 06.06.2021 7:20 PM

Prime Minister Haselow’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is the biggest winner in the Saxony-Anhalt state elections. The AfD is in second place, but by a large margin. The Social Democratic Party and the Left Party are slipping. Greens grow easily. The FDP is back in the state parliament.

It is clear that the CDU won the state elections in Saxony-Anhalt and left the AfD long late. According to the extrapolation, the party of Prime Minister Rainer Haselov came from Infratest dimap to 36.2 per cent and significantly improved compared to 2016 (29.8 per cent).

The 67-year-old is by far one of the country’s most famous and popular politicians, and the CDU’s election campaign was tailored to suit him. “Right in Hard Times” was written on CDU posters. It is possible that the CDU has benefited from the high personal approval rates and the official reward of the “draught horse”.

Haseloff spoke in ARD From “clear message”. He is grateful to the citizens for having “demarcated the right border.” However, he expects government formation to be difficult. Forming a coalition will not be so easy, says the CDU politician. “We will talk to all the democratic parties.”

Rainer Hasseloff, CDU top candidate, on possible coalitions in Saxony-Anhalt

Wahl21, 6.6.2021

Haselof has ruled since 2011, and more recently with the Social Democratic Party and the Green Party in a complex alliance called Kenya. As a “bulwark against the right”, Haselov formed the first such national coalition in 2016, and did not rule out a new version. On the other hand, the 67-year-old categorically ruled out any cooperation with the AfD. But in his regional union CDU, not everyone is hostile to the AfD.

The AfD remains the second strongest force

The AfD immediately became the second most powerful political force in 2016 – and could maintain that position. up to 22.5 per cent. However, he did not succeed in bypassing the CDU. On the contrary, the CDU increased the distance to the AfD.

Compared to 2016, the performance of the variant for Germany was weaker. At that time, it immediately reached 24.3 percent. In the past five years, it has also made headlines, scandals and internal power struggles. The majority of state federations are attributed to Bjorn Hockey’s “ward”, which has since been dissolved, and is under the oversight of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. Top candidate and parliamentary group leader Oliver Kirchner describes himself as a “national conservative”.

Alternative for Germany first candidate Kirchner.

Photo: AFP

Despite his party’s losses, Kirchner expressed himself in ARD Satisfied with the election result. The 55-year-old from Magdeburg has been chairing the Allies of Germany parliamentary group since 2018. In the election campaign, the party tried to score points with key criticisms of federal measures and state measures and address voters who have moved away from politics due to disillusionment and protest.

The Left Party is still in double digits

In the Left Party, the downward trend continues in this election. The former East party continues to fall in Saxony-Anhalt and, according to an extrapolation estimate, is still at 10.9 percent. For comparison: in 2011 the left was still at 23.7 percent, and in 2016 it was only 16.3 percent.

In the election campaign, the party surrounding the prominent candidate Eva von Angern also used provocation: “Take command of the Weisses” was a slogan with which he wanted to draw attention to the unequal distribution of leadership positions.

SPD keeps slipping

SPD could prevent another big crash like 2016, but it’s now single digit. Extrapolation sees the Social Democrats at 8.4 percent, again weaker than it was five years ago, when it was just under 10.6 percent. The party continues to struggle against pettiness, but avoids another full-blown disaster like 2016, when it shrank by half. Katja Bahle is now at the head of the parliamentary group. Despite all the disagreements with coalition partner CDU, she sticks to the alliance. “We are ready for talks between Democrats,” she said. ARD.

The green is on the rise, bringing the FDP home

Greens can earn and are now up to 6.2 percent. Compared to the increased survey in the federal government, this is weak, but the Greens still struggled in the eastern German states. Group leader and leading candidate Cornelia Ludman relied on key green and anti-right issues in the election campaign. would like to continue to rule. It is likely that the state’s Green Party has mainly benefited from the positive national trend.

Leading green candidate Cornelia Ludmann at the State Party Congress in Saxony-Anhalt.

Photo: dpa

The Free Democratic Party is one of the winners in the elections. After ten years as an additional opponent in Parliament, the party returns to the state parliament in Magdeburg. This time, with 6.5 percent, it jumped above the five percent barrier, five years ago, it failed to get on a chip thinner. Top nominee Lydia Hoskins started with the goal of ending “Kenya Drama”; The 57-year-old candidate is open to government participation.

Multiple coalitions possible

Induction has been strengthenedAnd the Haseloff will have several coalition options. A CDU politician could continue to rule with the SPD and the Green Party (Kenya), but an alliance with the SPD (Coalition of Germany) or with the Green Party and the Free Democratic Party (Jamaica) would also be mathematically possible. The CDU ruled out alliances with the Alternative for Germany or the Left.

A total of 1.8 million eligible voters were called to vote. In 2016, the participation rate was 61%. Because of the pandemic, it is likely that more people have used postal votes than usual.

Look nervous from Berlin to Magdeburg

The elections in Saxony-Anhalt were the last before the federal and at least two other state elections on September 26. For this reason alone, the Federalist parties are looking more or less nervously towards Magdeburg. Because even if the impact of this election’s national political signal is estimated to be limited, it is an important final assessment before the federal election campaign finally begins.