The Hesse SPD state Parliament faction leader and party Chairman Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel wants to pull out of the policy and its top offices. The German press Agency learned on Tuesday from party circles.

The 49-Year-old announced at a meeting of the SPD parliamentary group in Wiesbaden, Germany, in the autumn of his Landtag mandate and, thus, also the chair of the group. To the state Convention in November, he no longer wanted to stand for election as Chairman of the Hessian SPD.

From Berlin to hear that Schäfer-Gümbel is no longer a candidate at the Federal Congress of the SPD in December as well as the Deputy national Chairman of the party. Schäfer-Gümbel has been invited for Tuesday afternoon at short notice to a press conference.

In the Hesse state election just five months, the SPD was only the third strongest force behind the CDU and the Greens. The social Democrats hint ended up thin behind the Green – ultimately, it was only 66 votes. The SPD would become the group’s second-strongest force, would have been a “traffic light” coalition with the Greens and the FDP, under the leadership of Schäfer-Gümbel, at least, conceivable. The FDP had rejected such cooperation, under the leadership of the Greens.

Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel was moved in 2009 to the state election as SPD top candidate in the first row of the party. He was after the election defeat, the successor of Andrea Ypsilanti at the head of the parliamentary group and later as Chairman. He sits since 2003 as a member of Parliament for the constituency of casting the country in the Hessian Parliament.

In the election of 2013, shepherd failed-Gümbel in the second start-up, to be with the SPD, the strongest force in front of the CDU, and thus Minister-President of Hesse. Since then, a black-green coalition in Wiesbaden, Germany, after the election, at the end of October 2018, a new edition of this Alliance.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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