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Brüderle quits state leadership post after election disaster

The Local · 29 Mar 2011, 08:34

Published: 29 Mar 2011 08:34 GMT+02:00

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It was their worst election result on record in Rhineland-Palatinate.

The FDP, junior partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition, was also trounced Sunday in Baden-Württemberg, barely maintaining their place in that state’s parliament with just 5.3 percent.

Brüderle, 65, has led the FDP in his state for some 28 years, and was re-elected to the leadership post with 96 percent support just two weeks ago.

The party’s state treasurer Jürgen Creutzmann said Brüderle had planned to withdraw his candidacy for the position in two years to open the way for a new beginning, but had chosen to take the step early.

Brüderle plans to maintain his position as economy minister, however, saying there was “no connection” between the two.

“That’s two different pairs of shoes,” the 65-year-old said.

But Brüderle embarrassed the government last week when admitted that their recent decision to reverse its nuclear energy policy was made simply to gain votes in upcoming state elections.

After the FDP’s dismal election results in the elections over the weekend, many of his fellow party members have accused Brüderle of turning voters against them with the gaffe, though there were no direct calls for him to step down.

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Meanwhile all other members of the FDP’s Rhineland-Palatinate leadership also plan to open their seats to new people on May 7, said Creutzmann.

“We want to document that we did not use Rainer Brüderle as a scapegoat, but that we all have collective responsibility,” he said.


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Your comments about this article

09:08 March 29, 2011 by Krim
Westerwelle thinks that he is the only one who can run the FDP. He wants to keep both positions minister and head of the party. He is not thinking to resign despite all the bad results and the bad reputation of the FDP. He has some thing in common with Gaddafi. This probably explains his position toward libya hihi..
09:44 March 29, 2011 by freechoice
Westerwelle, like Dr. GoogleBerg, should quit for being yellow in Germany foreign policies.
12:18 March 29, 2011 by Gilly58
yup! I agree...Schwesterwelles days are now numbered
03:16 March 30, 2011 by Universalismus
The end of the Germany as one knew it, strict, disciplined and perfect and the beginning of Greengoland, beginning with Baden Würrtemberg.

Big earthquake in Germany for sure, what did it measure on the Political Global Scale Spectrum?

Dr. GoogleBerg von Copy zu Paste, he is allright, and truly glad he is not the center of attention anymore.

Id like to have a Radler with Westerwelle and Karl Theodor, cheers to foreign policy! At least if it fails, its evident, and accounted for.

Where in Crime, Police, Warstate USA, asking for a war crimes tribunal is like asking for money back on stale pop-corn once the movie is finished.

..Youll get justice for it, You may never, or perhaps you may get a plea-bargain

Glad to see politicians in areas of the world stepping down, a modern changing and balancing life is coming, it will be so good, riding the Thalys or ICE will seem like a Käfer at 100kmph on the Autobahn.
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