Ruptly | 05/02/2020

Hundreds of anti-fascists protested outside Thuringia's parliament building in Erfurt on Wednesday, only two hours after electing Thomas Kemmerich as the new State Prime Minister. Kemmerich was supported by his own party, the Free Democrats (FDP), by the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and by the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), which threw all of its weight behind him in the third round of voting. The ruling coalition in the German state of Thuringia, constituted of the Die Linke, the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) and the Green party, saw its candidate and the incumbent for state premier Bodo Ramelow lose by a single vote. The migrant and asylum seekers supporting organisation Pro Asyl tweeted that the result of the election was "horrifying" and a "taboo breaker". On their official Twitter page, Die Linke accused the FDP of believing that it was "better to rule with fascists than not to rule at all."

After being elected as the Prime Minister, Kemmerich, said he will refuse to form a ruling coalition with the (AfD). Thuringia held its state election in October last year. The ruling party Die Linke won the highest share of the votes with 31 per cent, while the AfD doubled its own share and came second with 23.4 per cent. The FDP barely cleared the 5 per cent hurdle required to entire the regional parliament.

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