Green light for ‘Kenya’ coalition in Brandenburg

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The formation of a new government coalition in Brandenburg get its go-ahead: After SPD and CDU, the Greens have approved the formation of the Kenya coalition – dubbed after the colours of the participating parties. The result of the ballot was clear. The coalition agreement can thus be sealed on Tuesday.

The red-black-green coalition in Brandenburg is ready to go. After SPD and CDU, the Greens have also approved the Kenyan coalition in a vote with a clear majority. As the party announced on Monday afternoon in Potsdam, 90.8 percent of the votes cast were in favor of the coalition agreement, 6.7 percent against. About 59 percent of the 1,942 members participated in the vote, which started on November 5.

Over 90 percent for Nonnemacher and Vogel

The Green Party’s ballot did not only focus on the coalition agreement, but also on the Green leadership’s personnel proposal: Ursula Nonnemacher will become Minister of Health and Social Affairs and Axel Vogel Minister of Agriculture and the Environment. They received 92.43 percent approval in the ballot.

Nonnemacher spoke of a “completely new experience” for the Greens. “Now we can get started with the three-way coalition,” she said, “and I am delighted that we can now finally get to work.”

Vogel regarded the results as an expression of a very strong unity among the Brandenburg Greens. At the same time he also felt a great pressure of expectations. “We also know that we will not be able to fulfil all of the expectations within a year,” Vogel said. “But we have five years ahead of us.”

The Greens provide two of the ten ministers, the CDU three, the SPD five, the most ministers, and SPD Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke. The coalition agreement is to be sealed this Tuesday, and on Wednesday PRime Minister Woidke will be re-elected to the state parliament.

SPD and CDU approve even more

The potential coalition partners have already said yes to the so-called Kenya Alliance under the leadership of the SPD: the SPD voted for the coalition agreement at a special party conference on Friday with over 99 percent, the CDU gave the green light at a state party conference on Saturday with about 97 percent. The Greens’ party base has been the most skeptical on the treaty so far, but a party conference of the Greens about a week ago voted for it as a kind of straw poll with 81.4 percent.

In the state elections on September 1, the previous coalition government of SPD and hard-left Die Linke lost its majority. The SPD, who nonetheless won the elections, then held exploratory talks for both a Kenya coalition and a red-green-red (SPD/Green/Left) alliance. Coalition talks with the CDU and Greens were started, partly because of the narrow majority of an all left alliance in the state parliament. None of the other parties wanted to form a coalition with the second placed AfD.

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