US News Hennig-Wellsow and Wissler elected to the new left double leadership
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For the first time, the left is led by a female double leadership: Janine Wissler and Susanne Hennig-Wellsow were elected as the new chairmen at a digital party conference on Saturday. They named the struggle for more social justice as a central concern and called on the left to unite after years of trench warfare. Hennig-Wellsow strongly advocated government participation in the federal government. The result of the vote still has to be confirmed by postal vote.
Wissler and Hennig-Wellsow succeed Katja Kipping and Bernd Riexinger, whose term of office ended after almost nine years. The 39-year-old Wissler received 84.2 percent of the vote. She is chairman of the left parliamentary group in Hesse.
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The 43-year-old Hennig-Wellsow had two opposing candidates, unlike Wissler. The previous Thuringian state and parliamentary group chairman received 70.5 percent of the vote. Reimar Pflanz from the Brandenburg district association Märkisch-Oderland came to 19.4 percent.
Hennig-Wellsow is aiming for a Bundestag mandate and wants to hand over the chairmanship of the state as well as the parliamentary group. Before being elected, Wissler initially did not decide whether she would retain the Hessian parliamentary group chairmanship. In her application speech,
Wissler denounced the social division that had deepened due to the Corona crisis. "We live in a class society, that becomes even clearer in this crisis," she said. Many people are in dire straits and have to fear for their future, while the number of millionaires is increasing. "We will never come to terms with these conditions," said Wissler.
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It is about the "rebellion against the conditions", she emphasized. "We want to redistribute wealth". The left's vision is a "democratic socialism without exploitation of people and nature". It will not be possible to implement climate protection "without changing ownership," said Wissler, who stands for a clearly left-wing course in the party.
Politicians must be ready to "mess with the corporations". She reiterated the demand for a different refugee policy, worldwide disarmament and the stop of war missions and arms exports. In her acceptance speech after the election, she called on the left to unite: "Let's use this party congress as a departure."
Hennig-Wellsow called for confidence in the new leadership and for overcoming previous disputes. Together with Wissler, she wanted to strengthen communication in the party, "unencumbered as we are". It's about finding solutions to problems together.
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In recent years there had been internal party conflicts, especially between Kipping and the former parliamentary group leader Sahra Wagenknecht, both of whom represent different currents.
Hennig-Wellsow strongly advocated government participation in the federal government. "Let's not wait any longer," she said. Last but not least, the corona crisis raises questions "that can't wait," said Hennig-Wellsow. "Otherwise they will be decided by others."
The new federal chairwoman referred to the left-led state government in Thuringia. There her party managed to "drive a Prime Minister elected with fascist votes out of office," said Hennig-Wellsow, referring to the election of FDP politician Thomas Kemmerich, which was made with AfD support. Hennig-Wellsow said she felt the "pain of farewell" to leave the team around left-wing Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow.
After the election of the chairman, the party congress started the election of the deputy chairmen. The Berlin state chief Katina Schubert was elected as the new deputy left chairwoman. Martina Renner, a member of the Bundestag, was re-elected as party vice.
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