The SPD, with the main candidate Anke Rehlinger, won the state elections in Saarland with an absolute majority. According to the provisional official final result, it reached 43.5 percent on Sunday, as can be seen on the website of the state scrutineer after counting all the results of the constituencies. The CDU achieved 28.5 percent, with only the AfD reaching the state parliament with 5.7 percent. The FDP and the Greens are thus not represented in the state parliament.
After more than two decades, there is a change of power in the Saarland. The new prime minister will be his main candidate, the previous economy minister. Anke Rehling. The 45-year-old man replaces the previous head of government of the CDU Tobias Hans (44) of..
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Anke Rehlinger described her party’s electoral victory as the “result of the hard work of the last few years”. “The Saar has chosen red,” Rehlinger said Sunday night in Saarbrücken. “The Saarland SPD won the elections. And after 23 years we are once again the most powerful force as a social democracy in the Saarland”.
The SPD had struggled against some of the confidence of the citizens. The party has gained credibility in a wide variety of committees and organizations. “And that was also rewarded today. Everything you did and represented on the site is our joint big hit tonight.”
Rehlinger wants to hold talks next week
Rehlinger announced that he wanted to form a government quickly. “We live in very turbulent and difficult times. That is why I would like to invite them to exploratory talks in the next week, if necessary and necessary.” The possible coalition partners are not only the FDP and the Greens, he explained on Sunday night after his party’s electoral victory. “Potentially anything is possible, including a new edition of the grand coalition.”
Meanwhile, CDU Prime Minister Tobias Hans said in view of his party’s defeat: “Of course I will draw personal consequences.” The exact processes would be discussed in peace and quiet in the party committees. He spoke on ARD of a “very bitter defeat” for which he took personal responsibility.
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Chancellor Olaf Scholz congratulated his party colleague Anke Rehlinger on his electoral victory via Twitter. “The inhabitants of the Saarland have clearly decided in favor of a change at the top of their state,” the SPD politician wrote. “And I’m sure no one will design it better than you,” he wrote Rehlinger. “Congratulations on the convincing election victory!”
General Secretary of the SPD kevin kuehnert he praised his party’s “landing victory” in the Saarland. The leading candidate, Anke Rehlinger, has touched hearts and minds, she told ZDF on Sunday night. “That gives us an incredible tailwind,” Kühnert said ahead of the other state elections this year.
head of the SPD Lars Klingbeil he called his party’s electoral victory in Saarland a first successful test of the mood of the federal party six months after winning the federal election. “The return of the SPD, which we experienced in the federal elections, was not unique to the federal elections, but we still won elections afterwards,” Klingbeil said after the first numbers.
But he also made it clear that the victory was mainly due to the Saarland SPD and its leading candidate, Anke Rehlinger. “It is a sensational victory that we are seeing in Saarland. Under the name Anke Rehlinger, he is connected to the SPD in Saarland.”
SPD politician and former Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Masses said: “It is clear that there is a new prime minister, and her name is Anke Rehlinger”. You will form a single-person government “or with the partners you need for it.”
More than 750,000 citizens were called to decide on the composition of the parliament in the smallest area of Germany.
Saarland was firmly in CDU hands for some 23 years: Prime Minister President Peter Müller was at the helm, followed by Prime Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer from 2011 and since March 2018 his successor Hans has been in charge.
The election campaign was initially dominated by issues related to the coronavirus, such as relaxation or compulsory vaccination related to facilities. After the start of the Ukraine war, security policy and high energy and fuel prices became the main issues. (dpa/AFP/Reuters)