His election as Prime Minister of Thuringia was a political scandal. He saw no fault in this. Now he gets a receipt from the top of his party for his latest statements.
The presidium of the federal FDP has withdrawn its support for the Thuringian state chairman Thomas Kemmerich. The committee had unanimously decided “that there will be no financial, logistical or organizational support for a federal association election campaign of top candidate Thomas Kemmerich,” Secretary General Volker Wissing said Friday. The reason are “current statements” from Kemmerich.
According to a tweet, he did not mistake the controversial acceptance of his election as head of government with the help of the AfD. “The mistake was not accepting the elections (…), but rather how the other Democratic parties handled the situation,” Kemmerich wrote on Twitter on Thursday. He replied to a user who wrote to the Thuringian FDP State Party and Group Chairman that there had never been greater uncertainty in Thuringia “than when you were in office … not to mention the economic damage that resulted”. The “Free Word” had previously reported on it.
Bundestag FDP member Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann also sharply criticized Kemmerich for his statements: “At one point you took the wrong turn and didn’t turn around. It’s time you take the exit now. Bye”, she wrote on Twitter.
Kemmerich is elected head of government by votes of the AfD
Thomas Kemmerich was surprisingly elected Prime Minister of Thuringia on Feb. 5 – by votes from the AfD and its group leader Björn Höcke, who has been classified by the Constitution Protection Bureau as a far-right leader. Kemmerich accepted the election and sparked a political quake that even reached Berlin.
Originally, Kemmerich wanted to form a government after his election and appoint ministers, but it soon became clear that he would not find a coalition partner. The FDP barely made the jump of five percent in the state elections last year and is represented by five members in the Thuringian state parliament. Under pressure from the public and his own party, Kemmerich announced his resignation a day after his election, which he carried out a few days later. Until Bodo Ramelow (left) was elected head of government on March 4, Kemmerich remained executive prime minister – without a cabinet.