BERLIN (AP) – The German Greens will decide later this month which of their two co-chairs will consider the party’s first candidacy for chancellor in the September general election, a senior party official said on Wednesday.
Annalena Baerbock և Robert Habeck have been leading the party since early 2018. A pragmatic and harmonious duo, they led the rise of the Greens’ poll. The Greens are the national opposition, but they sit in many German state governments.
Recent research shows that they are in second place in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right bloc, which rejects the gains made in the early stages of the coronavirus epidemic due to dissatisfaction with the slow vaccination campaign and more. They show 22-23% support, which is twice as much as the 8.9% that the party won in the 2017 elections.
The outcome of the September 26 parliamentary elections is unpredictable, in part because Merkel is not seeking a fifth term after 16 years in power. His bloc has not yet chosen its candidate. Two governors, Armin Lashchet and Marcus Sawder, are expected to decide which of them will run in late May.
Green Secretary Michael Kellner tweeted that his party had a “strong leadership duo” in 40-year-old Baerbok և 51. Habek.
The decision is to be approved at a party congress in June.
Legislator Baerbok has no government experience in the National Assembly. Habek served for several years as Minister of Agriculture and Environment in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein.
The Greens last month unveiled a plan to speed up energy exports from coal to Germany, raise carbon prices and massively increase infrastructure costs.