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German state parliament dissolves

German state parliament dissolves

A key German state's legislature dissolved itself Wednesday, triggering new elections after two attempts to cobble together a left-wing government failed.
Hesse's state parliament voted unanimously to dissolve itself after a Social Democratic lawmaker failed to win backing for a minority coalition between her party and the Greens, with support from the new Left Party.
A fresh round of balloting is to be held on Jan. 18.
In a January election, Gov. Roland Koch, a deputy national leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats, lost his majority in the state parliament, but no other party won enough votes to govern alone.
Andrea Ypsilanti, regional leader of the center-left Social Democrats, then appeared poised to take over as governor of Hesse in a coalition government. But after breaking her campaign promises and seeking support from the Left Party _ a combination of leftist ex-Social Democrats and ex-communists _ her plans were blocked by four Social Democratic lawmakers.
The saga in Hesse helped push the Social Democrats' poll ratings to record lows and to undermine former national leader Kurt Beck, who gave Ypsilanti the go-ahead to work with the Left Party. He later resigned.


Updated : 2021-10-19 16:23 GMT+08:00