The political left Germany is in a state of shock following a candidate formerly believed an also-ran was chosen state premier, as a result of the backing of this nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) celebration.
Since protesters took to the streets of Berlin and Erfurt, the capital of Thuringia, left-wing parties whined a longstanding tradition of shunning the far-right from the nation was broken.
The election of Thomas Kemmerich of this pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) — supported by the local division of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) — efficiently suggests that the AfD is now kingmaker from the eastern country.
In the state election last October, the FDP only just cleared the 5 percent bar to go into the regional parliament. Early rounds of voting at the parliament resulted in expectations that the left-wing Die Linke celebration would remain in office because of a”red-red-green” coalition.
But from the next round, the AfD unexpectedly awakened its backing for a different candidate to confirm Kemmerich. Together with votes against the CDU, he overcomes Bodo Ramelow of Die Linke by one vote 45 to 44.
Kemmerich has stated he won’t form a coalition with the AfD, but the result has attracted anger throughout the government in Germany.
The AfD’s state leader in Thuringia is Bjorn Kock, a controversial figure in his party, whose rhetoric was compared to Hitler’s and that has criticized German coverage on the Holocaust.
Criticizing his celebration in Thuringia, he explained that its conclusion had split Germany and has been made worse by the fact that it had allowed a governor to be chosen”together with all the votes of Nazis”.