German governor elected with far-right help seeks new vote
Thursday, 6 February 2020
BERLIN (AP) — A German state governor who got the job with the help of the far-right said Thursday he plans to step down and seek a new regional vote — after just a day in office that was marked by mounting criticism, including from Chancellor Angela Merkel. Thomas Kemmerich, of the small pro-business Free Democrats, was elected as governor of eastern Thuringia state by its regional legislature on Wednesday with the support of the far-right Alternative for Germany, or AfD. The result stoked uproar. It became a major embarrassment for Germany’s mainstream center-right parties and revived questions about the future of the country’s governing coalition. The governor is elected by...
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