In autumn, the AfD parliamentary group wants to make a new attempt to fill the post of vice president of the state parliament. But support from other factions is still not in sight.
Magdeburg (dpa/sa) - The AfD parliamentary group again wants to nominate a candidate from its ranks for the office of vice president in the state parliament of Saxony-Anhalt. "We will propose Mr. Lieschke as Vice President. He is a good candidate. The discrimination against the AfD parliamentary group in this matter must finally end," said parliamentary group leader Oliver Kirchner of the German Press Agency. Matthias Lieschke is a body and vehicle builder and has been a member of parliament for the AfD since 2016.
Since July last year, the AfD parliamentary group has repeatedly tried to fill the post of vice president of the state parliament. However, the applicants Hagen Kohl, Matthias Büttner from Stassfurt and Christian Hecht did not find approval from the other groups.
The AfD has 23 out of 97 MPs in Parliament. The second-largest faction is therefore dependent on support from other ranks. Gunnar Schellenberger (CDU) has been President of the State Parliament since July 2021. His deputies are Anne-Marie Keding (CDU) and Wulf Gallert (Die Linke).
Several factions had recently always emphasized that they generally did not want to vote for an AfD candidate. They made this clear again. "The topic is actually over for my group. We have been of the opinion for some time that this group should not have a vice president with this basic attitude," said CDU parliamentary group leader Siegfried Borgwardt.
Green parliamentary group leader Cornelia Lüddemann said that the AfD had exercised its right to propose several times. "We will not choose any candidate from them." The AfD behaves "anti-Semitically, xenophobic and misogynistic". Left faction leader Eva von Angern also made it clear: "No AfD candidate will get a vote from our faction."