Yesterday, the German state of Thuringen found a new Prime Minister in Thomas Kemmerich of the pseudo-libertarian party FDP. After Angela Merkel let it known from South Africa that she was not pleased and that he should be sacked the outrage crescendo reached deafening levels and saw the man resign today. But it was not just her verdict that a vote for Kemmerich in coinciding with a congruent vote from the dark Lord-and-his-mother-be-with-us party AfD were “unforgivable”. The media saw the rise of fascism upon us and a woman of the SED (now renamed as LINKE) threw a bunch of flowers to his feet. And can’t even go through the backstabbing and flipflopping here, but the destruction of a once fairly free country is palpable and the conflicts continue to escalate.
Germany has got a confusing election system for the lower house of the parliament. Half of the seats are reserved to electoral lists, proportionally allotted on the basis of the percentage the parties won through a second ballot. Additional off-set seats are also drawn from those electoral lists. Markus Söder has announced that his party will send women only to fill fifty percent of its list mandates. But is that even constitutional? If at least 50% of the parliament is filled on the basis of lists, the composition of those lists become a part of the parliament election process itself. Legally the selection of candidates of the list is termed a ‘character of the action’ of the federal election (Tatbestandsmerkmal). If everyday citizens are free to pick and shed party memberships in order to take part in how at least half of the seats are filled, how can a party leadership predict that fifty percent of the positions on their electoral list are going to be women? The sources are in the description boxes of the video platforms.