07.12.2021 – 18:38
Hall / MZ (ots)
The future Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke (Greens) will not give up her Bundestag mandate despite demands from her own party. This is reported by the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung published in Halle (Wednesday edition). Saxony-Anhalt’s Greens leader Madeleine Linke had previously insisted on the separation of office and mandate.
Lemke, on the other hand, told the MZ: “I was proposed to the federal government by the green federal association, and the green federal statute does not contain any provision for a separation of parliamentary mandate and ministerial office.” Although there is such a passage in the state statutes, it is clearly aimed at the state level.
Lemke also argues that giving up the mandate would weaken them politically. “I don’t know any federal minister, regardless of which party, who has given back his mandate,” she said. “Many important decisions are made in the parliamentary group. That is why it is important that the ministers are also anchored there.”
After a debate on Monday evening, the head of the Greens no longer wants to insist on submitting the mandate. Although there are still different views, it said on MZ request. But: “For the state executive, looking ahead is now crucial and we will support our minister-designate with all our strength in her work.”
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Original content from: Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, transmitted by news aktuell