Daniel Günther remains the head of the Kiel State Chancellery. With the votes of the CDU and the Greens, he secures re-election as Prime Minister of Schleswig-Holstein. Now the black-green cabinet should start work as quickly as possible.
The CDU politician Daniel Günther has been re-elected Prime Minister in the Schleswig-Holstein state parliament. A good seven weeks after the state elections in the northernmost state, 47 of the 66 MPs present voted for the 48-year-old. Günther will govern for the next five years at the head of a black-green two-party coalition of the CDU and the Greens.
Together, both groups have 48 of the 69 mandates in Parliament. The CDU has 34 MPs, the Greens 14. After Günther's election, the constitutive meeting of the black-green cabinet is planned. In the afternoon, the ministers are to be sworn in in Parliament. The CDU clearly won the state elections on May 8 with 43.4 percent and missed the absolute majority in parliament by just one mandate. The Greens got their best result so far with 18.3 percent.
On Tuesday, the leaders of the CDU and Greens officially signed the joint coalition agreement after the prior clear approval of both state party congresses. Schleswig-Holstein is governed by a black-green alliance for the first time. In the past five years, both parties had formed a three-party coalition with the FDP.
Claus Ruhe Madsen, the former Mayor of Rostock, who is still non-party, will become the new Economics Minister on a CDU ticket. The newly tailored Ministry of Justice and Health will be taken over by the lawyer Kerstin von der Decken from the CDU. She had held the chair for public law at the University of Kiel since 2011 and was a member of the Corona Expert Council of the state government.
Minister of Agriculture will be Werner Schwarz - also from the CDU - the previous President of the State Farmers' Association. For the first time in a long time, the agricultural sector has been separated from the Ministry of the Environment. The CDU politicians Karin Prien and Sabine Sütterlin-Waack will continue to lead the ministries of education and interior affairs.
The Greens occupy the finance, social affairs and environment/energy departments with Monika Heinold, Aminata Touré and Tobias Goldschmidt. With Dirk Schrödter - in the future in the rank of minister - the CDU also provides the head of the state chancellery.