North Rhine-Westphalia: State parliament confirms Hendrik Wüst as Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia

North Rhine-Westphalia
State parliament confirms Hendrik Wüst as Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia

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The new Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia is the old one: Hendrik Wüst with his wife Katharina and daughter Philippa. Photo: Marius Becker/dpa

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Historic decision in the NRW state parliament: With the re-election of Hendrik Wüst as Prime Minister, the first black-green alliance in the state can start.

The CDU politician Hendrik Wust has been re-elected Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The 46-year-old is in Parliament was confirmed as head of government in a secret ballot with 106 out of 181 valid votes in the first ballot. 74 voted no with one abstention. There were no invalid votes or counter-candidates.

Wüst needed at least 98 votes to be re-elected. Had just before CDU and Greens from their parliamentary groups reported a total of five cases of illness. According to the President of the State Parliament, André Kuper, a total of 14 out of 195 MPs were excused.

Historical Alliance

Wüst, who has headed a black-yellow coalition for the past eight months, is now leading the country’s first black-green coalition. With 115 out of a total of 195 mandates, the CDU and Greens have a solid majority. Black yellow had ruled for five years with a single vote majority.

Last October, Wüst was elected as the twelfth prime minister of the most populous state as the successor to the failed chancellor candidate Armin Laschet (CDU) – as was the second prime minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Karl Arnold (CDU) at the age of 46. None of the country’s other heads of government was younger when they took office.

“Contract for the Future” signed

On Monday, Wüst, together with the negotiator for the Greens, Mona Neubaur, and other party leaders, had the 146-page “Future Contract for North Rhine-Westphalia» signed. Party conferences on both sides approved this government basis with a large majority at the weekend. Today is the last act of forming a government with the presentation and swearing-in of the black-green cabinet.

On May 15, the CDU emerged as the clear winner of the state elections in the most populous federal state with 35.7 percent. The Greens were able to almost triple their share of the vote compared to 2017 to 18.2 percent and ended up in third place behind the collapsed SPD (26.7). The Free Democrats had halved their election result to 5.9 percent. Black and yellow could therefore no longer govern. The AfD won 5.4 percent.


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