AfD right-winger Bjorn Hocke wants to run his own candidate in Thuringia. That could make it easier for Bodo Ramelow to win re-election.
Look me in the eye, Mike: Bodo Ramelow (r.) on the evening of the 2019 Thuringian state election Photo: dpa
The state leader of the Thuringian AfD, Bjorn Hocke, has brought new movement into the debate about the election of the prime minister in Erfurt. On Wednesday, the AfD right-winger announced that his faction would put forward its own candidate. "We need a counter-candidate to Bodo Ramelow," Hocke said. He added that they were looking for a candidate who could rally a "middle-class majority" behind him. Time and again, the AfD, which is currently being investigated by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution in Thuringia, has tried to portray itself as middle-class and thus dock with the CDU and FDP. So far without success.