Ramelow praises female candidate duo for party leadership

Bodo Ramelow has spoken out for left-wing politicians Janine Wissler and Susanne Hennig-Wellsow as party leaders. Both would give the party the opportunity to sharpen its profile.

Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow has backed the candidacies of Janine Wissler and Susanne Hennig-Wellsow for the federal presidency of the left. As head of the Hessian parliamentary group, Wissler showed “what it means to do good and reliable opposition work and stable party work,” the left-wing politician told the editorial network in Germany. As party and group chairman in Thuringia, Hennig-Wellsow guided a red-red-green state government under left-wing leadership, a minority government, between a “Kemmerich phase” and now a Corona period.

“A very strong woman”

“The person holding back the prominent prime minister is a very strong woman,” said Hennig-Wellsow’s Ramelow. “That is why I am very pleased that two frontline women from Hesse and Thuringia are suddenly saying: We have the confidence to sharpen the focus of the Left Party.” Both embodied a broad political spectrum, namely a parliamentary party leader in charge of the government and a party leader in the opposition. “Both would be associated with a strong departure and an opportunity beyond all the back rooms of the party.” Wissler and Hennig-Wellsow exuded “kindness” and had proven they can “rock party conventions”.

Wissler and Hennig-Wellsow announced their candidacy for party chairmanship on Friday. Former left-wing leaders Katja Kipping and Bernd Riexinger will no longer participate in the party conference at the end of October.

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