Wiesbaden (dpa/lhe) - The opposition factions of the SPD and FDP want the Hessian state returning officer to check whether the transfer of the state parliament mandate from former Prime Minister Volker Bouffier to the former Minister of Justice Eva Kühne-Hörmann (both CDU) was lawful. This was announced by the two factions on Thursday in Wiesbaden. A constitutional report came to the conclusion that Kühne-Hörmann's move up was unconstitutional. "Rather, the seat should have remained vacant if the election law had been applied in accordance with the constitution." The factions of the SPD and FDP had had an amendment to the state election law legally examined.
Jörg-Uwe Hahn from the FDP parliamentary group said the report would now be passed on to the Hessian state returning officer Wilhelm Kanther. "We expressly reserve the right to submit the matter to the state court," said Hahn. "However, we expect Mr. Kanther to certify the unconstitutionality himself and make a binding decision to revoke Eva Kühne-Hörmann's mandate."
When asked by dpa, Kühne-Hörmann said the state returning officer had informed her that she had accepted the mandate and she had done so. The CDU parliamentary group announced that the report commissioned by the SPD and FDP seemed very far-fetched.