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Offbeat State election: Prime Minister Haseloff re-elected as the top CDU candidate

22:40  20 february  2021
22:40  20 february  2021 Source:   handelsblatt.com

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Saxony-Anhalt's Prime Minister Haseloff was re-elected with almost 95 percent of the vote. In June he has to face the state elections.

Seit fast zehn Jahren führt der CDU-Politiker die Landesregierung an. © dpa The CDU politician has been leading the state government for almost ten years.

Saxony-Anhalt's Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff leads his CDU into a state election for the third time in a row. Haseloff was chosen as the top candidate with 94.9 percent approval at a presence party conference on Saturday in Dessau-Roßlau.

93 delegates voted for the 67-year-old, 5 with no. There was no opponent. Before the state elections in 2016, Haseloff was nominated as the top candidate with 95 yes and 4 no votes. He has headed the government in Saxony-Anhalt since 2011. This year a new state parliament will be elected on June 6th.

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It is legally prescribed that the parties elect their candidates at face-to-face events. Under strict Corona hygiene requirements, with a mask requirement and without guests, the Christian Democrats wanted to nominate both their applicants for the state election and for the federal election in the fall by the evening.

The press was not allowed to attend the event itself, but was supposed to follow the party congress via live stream. However, it was regularly interrupted for minutes, including during Haseloff's application speech for the top candidate.

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