Ziemiak asks Otte to leave the party

Nfter the AfD was nominated for the office of Federal President, the CDU asked the chairman of the right-wing conservative values ​​union, Max Otte, to leave the party. Anyone who does not immediately rule out being elected by AfD representatives “violates the fundamental values ​​of the CDU to such an extent that they can no longer have a place in the CDU,” said CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak on Tuesday. A party committee procedure is therefore not excluded.

The CDU leadership gave Otte an ultimatum until 5:30 p.m. to explain whether he would accept the nomination. The new Secretary General, Mario Czaja, announced that the federal executive board will then discuss the further procedure, but he is not yet in office.

Previously, members of the Union faction had already criticized Otte’s possible candidacy. “A candidacy for another party, especially in this case for the AfD, would be absolutely out of the question,” said the parliamentary manager of the Union faction in the Bundestag, Thorsten Frei (CDU), on Tuesday in Berlin. Such a candidacy would violate all rules and “would clearly be behavior damaging to the party, which would necessarily lead to an exclusion,” he added.

The outgoing CDU chairman Armin Laschet also sharply criticized Otte. “To be nominated by the AfD as a presidential candidate is not an honor but a shame,” he wrote on Twitter. Anyone who even considers this as a Christian Democrat damages the reputation of the Union, violates its values ​​and has no place in the CDU.


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