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Politics Dagmar Ziegler: MPs elect SPD politician as Bundestag Vice President

21:50  26 november  2020
21:50  26 november  2020 Source:   spiegel.de

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Within the party, their election was bumpy, but the vote in plenary was clear: The Brandenburg SPD MP Dagmar Ziegler is the new Bundestag Vice President.

  Dagmar Ziegler: Abgeordnete wählen SPD-Politikerin zur Bundestagsvizepräsidentin © Michael Kappeler / dpa

After the surprising death of Thomas Oppermann , the vice-office in the Bundestag Presidium has been filled. The SPD politician Dagmar Ziegler was elected with 536 votes of the MPs. 83 parliamentarians voted against them, with 38 abstentions.

Ziegler has been a member of the Bundestag since 2009. Initially, as a parliamentary group vice-president, she was responsible for the issues of family, women, education and development in the East. She has been one of the parliamentary directors of her group since 2013.

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Narrow victory in her own parliamentary group

Previously, Ziegler had made a career in Brandenburg state politics: The financial economist was a member of the state parliament for 15 years. From 2000 to 2004 she was Minister of Finance, then Minister for Labor, Social Affairs, Health and Family until 2009.

Ziegler is - like Oppermann was - a member of the conservative Seeheimer Kreis in the SPD. She had been proposed by SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich as the new Bundestag deputy, which had provoked internal resistance. Ziegler's nomination by fellow parliamentary group had almost failed recently.

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