Wiesbaden (dpa/lhe) - The newly elected CDU Prime Minister Boris Rhein sees Hesse facing major challenges. He is taking office at a confusing time and with respect, he said on Tuesday in the state parliament in Wiesbaden.
His claim is to be Prime Minister of all Hessians, said Rhein. Hessen should give people work, home and security. Uncertainty is palpable in many people. "There are many indications that we will be accompanied by critical developments in the next few years, the extent and effects of which we may not even be able to fully appreciate," said the new head of government.
Rhein called for a commitment to liberal democracy. Among other things, he referred to Ukraine's struggle for freedom. "I admire the courage that Ukrainians have." This courage should "also give us wings in our commitment to peace, democracy and freedom". "Our freedom and the idea of freedom in general" is also being defended in Ukraine.