Mainz (dpa) – Picture book start for Malu Dreyer: the SPD politician was immediately elected Prime Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate for the third time. The 60-year-old received 55 of the 101 votes in Mainz on Tuesday.
Your second traffic light coalition has the same number of MPs. The 46 opposition MPs voted against Dreyer. Rhineland-Palatinate is currently the only federal state governed by a tripartite alliance of the SPD, the Greens and the FDP.
“Mr. President, I accept the election and thank you very much for your confidence,” Dreyer said after the election. She pronounced the formula of the oath with the religious addition “so help me God”. “Thank you, my dear,” she whispered to her husband Klaus Jensen as he congratulated her. Because of the pandemic, he was the only one allowed to kiss and hug her.
The state parliament met in the Rheingoldhalle because of the distance rules to contain the pandemic. Contrary to what was initially planned, the plenary sessions will not return to the historic Deutschhaus on the banks of the Rhine until after the summer holidays, which has been radically renovated since the end of 2015.
For the first time, six political groups are represented in the new regional parliament. The free voters go to parliament with six members – a novelty for Rhineland-Palatinate. Together with the FDP you are the smallest fraction in the state parliament.
“I am very grateful and very happy that the whole coalition is behind me,” said Dreyer after the appointment of her nine ministers to the state chancellery. Rhineland-Palatinate represents a decade of change that is mainly about supporting children and shaping climate protection.
New to the cabinet are Daniela Schmitt (FDP) as Minister of Economic Affairs, Transport, Agriculture and Wine. Alexander Schweitzer (SPD) becomes Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Transformation and Digital. Former head of the state chancellery, Clemens Hoch (SPD), takes over the newly established Ministry of Health and Science. Katharina Binz (Greens) becomes Minister of Family, Women’s Affairs, Culture and Integration.
Justice Minister Herbert Mertin (FDP), Finance Minister Doris Ahnen, Interior Minister Roger Lewentz, Education Minister Stefanie Hubig (all SPD) and Environment Minister Anne Spiegel (Greens), who will also be responsible for future climate protection and mobility will continue to exist. in the office.
“I am really looking forward to my two colleagues,” said Dreyer in view of Spiegel, who will become Deputy Prime Minister, and Schmitt – the top candidate for the second coalition partner, the FDP. When her ministers were appointed, she thanked the MPs among them for their election, saying, “We have more than five years ahead of us.”
At the beginning of May, the SPD, the Greens and the FDP approved the coalition agreement to continue their government at separate party congresses. The “Future Treaty Rhineland-Palatinate 2021 to 2026”, which came about after more than five weeks of negotiations, is entitled “Coalition of new beginnings and future opportunities”. Most ambitious goal on more than 180 pages: climate neutrality by 2040 at the latest.
Dreyer has ruled since 2013 after Kurt Beck (also the SPD) stepped down. At her first election, she had already received all the votes from the coalition – at the time it was only the SPD and the Greens. In 2016, all (then 52) MPs from the three alliance partners also voted directly for Dreyer.
In the state elections on March 14, the SPD was again the strongest force with 35.7 percent. The Greens were the only parties represented in parliament to gain ground, replacing the FDP as the second-strongest partner in the tripartite alliance. The CDU with Christian Baldauf as top candidate achieved the historically worst result in the country with 27.7 percent. The AfD lost even more percentage, landing at just 8.3 percent.