Acceptance of merits in office, sexist remarks about flight attendants and other embarrassing appearances: citizens are tired of the SPD politician Peter Feldman.
The dismissal of the controversial mayor of Frankfurt, Lord Peter Feldman, was voted on in a referendum. That came from the provisional provisional results of Sunday’s vote, which were published online by the German economic capital.
With nearly all constituencies counted, more than 95 percent voted to overturn Feldman’s selection. At the same time, the second condition is fulfilled, according to which at least 30% of all those entitled to vote must vote to annul the selection. This corresponds to 152,455 yes votes, shortly before the end of the count, that number was more than 196,000. Half a million citizens of European banking capital were asked to vote on the future of the SPD politician.
Feldman conceded defeat in the evening. He said he reached a quorum for his vote. “That means I won’t be mayor on Friday.” On this day, the final result of the vote will be officially decided.
The 64-year-old SPD politician has been under pressure for a long time. He is currently in the dock at the Frankfurt District Court on suspicion of corruption. It is about his close relations with Arbeiterwohlfahrt (Awo). Feldman denies these allegations. He also slipped repeatedly, for example when he snatched the European Cup from Eintracht Frankfurt at City Hall. Then the Eintracht leadership declared him persona non grata on the field.
Feldman let calls for his resignation fade away, and he did not accept a vote by city council members, so citizens were now asked.
Almost all parties in the Frankfurt City Hall called for Feldmann’s resignation, even his resignation from the SPD. However, representatives from the left-wing spectrum asserted that Feldman had done much for the city.
With a population of about 760,000, Frankfurt is the fifth largest city in Germany. It is the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB), the Deutsche Bundesbank and German private banks. It is also an important trade fair city and home to Germany’s largest commercial airport.