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After the state elections – Schwesig wants to negotiate a coalition with the left

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For 15 years, the SPD ruled in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with the CDU. After her clear victory in the state elections, SPD Prime Minister Schwesig now wants to change partners.

The SPD in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania changes its government partner after 15 years. Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig, who with her SPD clearly won the state elections at the end of September, announced coalition negotiations with the Die Linke party in G├╝strow on Wednesday. The CDU, which has been co-ruling up to now, thus remains the opposition role.

From 1998 to 2006 the SPD had already ruled in the northeast together with the PDS / Die Linke as a junior partner. The alliance forged at the time by Harald Ringstorff against the will of the Federal SPD caused discussions as the first red-red state government in Germany. In the new parliament, which has 79 members, Red-Red has a stable majority with 43 seats, and the SPD alone has 34 members.

On Wednesday evening, Schwesig first briefed the state executive, party council and the strengthened parliamentary group on the progress of the explorations before appearing in front of the press. After the election, the negotiating group she led held talks with the CDU and the Left, as well as the Greens and the FDP as possible government partners.

With the intended change of government partner, Schwesig is possibly also reacting to the desolate situation at the CDU, which suffered heavy electoral defeats in the state and federal government and is looking for new executives. Schwesig had always emphasized that he wanted to form a stable government with reliable partners. That seems more likely to her with the left than with a CDU, in which rather inexperienced forces moved to the top of the parliamentary group and in which the party chairmanship is only provisionally occupied.

In the left, despite an equally sobering election result at the state level, there had been no chair shift. Although the party achieved a single-digit result for the first time with 9.9 percent, the influential top candidate Simone Oldenburg was unanimously re-elected as parliamentary leader. The sharp-tongued former headmistress is considered the first candidate for a ministerial office. With 9 MPs left, the Left is likely to claim only two departments. If the number of the eight ministries remained the same, this would mean one more for the SPD.

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