Here’s what you need to know about the new state parliament in Schleswig-Holstein

a model.It’s younger, more female and more professionally diverse than before: The new Schleswig-Holstein state parliament will meet for the first time this Tuesday. What should you know about this? Here are the most important questions and answers.

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How many deputies sit in the 20 state parliament?

This time around, there are again 69 regular seats for the 35 states directly from the constituencies and 34 states in the standing ones. The CDU, with its 34 MPs (including 32 direct mandates), occupies the bulk of the plenary session. Next to them are five representatives of the Free Democratic Party, followed by four members of the Socialist Workers Party, 14 members of the Green Party (three of them direct delegates) and twelve members of the Social Democratic Party. There were discussions about the seating arrangement. Originally, the Union and the Greens wanted to get closer to each other in the hall – after Jamaica’s exit, they aimed for a new alliance. According to parliamentary logic, the FDP should move to the far right from the point of view of the presidency: until recently, the Alternative for Germany still existed. The FDP did not want to put up with this and successfully intervened in the Council of Elders. One is in the center of society and not allowed to be pushed over the edge by former coalition partners – not spatial, and certainly not political.

What is the average lifespan of a new parliament?

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He is younger than the latter: according to the administration, the Ordinary Member was born in December 1994 and thus was 47 years old at the start of this legislature. At the start of the last election period, the average age was 51 years. Twelve representatives under the age of 35: six from the Green Party, four from the Christian Democratic Union and two from the Social Democrats.

Who is the youngest and who is the oldest?

Benjamin Among the representatives is 24-year-old medical student Jasper Balcke (Greens) from Lübeck. The oldest parliamentarian is 70-year-old journalist Werner Kalinka (CDU) from Fiefbergen in the Plön district.

What about equality in parliament?

After the May 8 elections, the proportion of women was 37.7 percent. “The value hasn’t been this high since the late 1990s,” management says happily. 26 out of 69 MPs are women.

How many new MEPs are in Parliament?

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Almost half. 32 lawmakers sit in the Senate for the first time on Tuesday. This is 46.4 percent. Volatility is particularly high in the CDU (18 of 34) and the Greens (nine of 14).

What professions are represented in the state parliament?

This time there is an astonishing number of economists: 18 MPs have a business job, economists or business economists. 13 of them are from the public service – seven of them are teachers. Six attorneys and five farmers. Two are still studying.

Who chairs the first session after the state elections?

This task is considered particularly honorable in a democracy, and this time it falls to Peter Lennert of the CDU as the senior president. He opens the session at about 11 a.m. and presides over it until the deputies regularly elect a new president. The trained banker from the Pinneberg-Nord constituency is by no means a senior at 59, but he is the longest-serving: he’s been a member of the state parliament since 1992.

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Who will take over the presidency after that?

Kristina Herbst, a 44-year-old Representative for the CDU, will become the new speaker of the state parliament. In the last legislature she was a minister of state in the Ministry of the Interior. Deputy positions are in high demand. Her fellow parliamentarian Lennert is set to become vice president, as are Eka von Kalpin of the Greens, Pete Rowdies of the SPD, Annabelle Kramer of the FDP, and Jett Waldinger-Thering of SSW. Officially, they should all be elected, but the factions have long agreed among themselves. Therefore, the execution is considered a mere formality.

Will the prime minister be elected on Tuesday?

No. It is already clear that Prime Minister Daniel Gunther (CDU) will remain in office. However, the formation of a government with the Greens is not yet complete. If all goes according to plan, the CDU and the Greens will sign the new coalition agreement on June 28 and confirm Gunther in office by a majority on June 29 in the state parliament. Günther then appoints his new ministers and issues a government statement in the state parliament on June 29. Until then, the old state government will remain in power.

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Will the old country’s government take a seat on the government seat again in the first session?

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After so much irritation the past few days, it’s hard to tell. Gunther originally wanted to fill the old seats with his previous government made up of the CDU, the Greens, and the FDP. Therefore, the administration of the state parliament, which had already removed the FDP schedule in the first row with the aim of the future two-party coalition Gunther, had to rebuild it. But now it seems that the FDP ministers, Bernd Buchholz (Economy) and Heiner Garg (Social Affairs), want to give their president, Gunther a basket. It was said that they have already preferred their place in the positions of Representatives.

Was the seating arrangement fixed in another way?

There may still be changes. CDU MEPs and the Greens are likely to move to the government’s side at the end of June – as ministers or as ministers of state. These staff decisions determine who will be the parliamentary group leader or parliamentary secretary – and whether MPs will move into Parliament once office-holders relinquish their mandates. Thus, the CDU representatives initially had the freedom to choose seats from the second row.

The new state parliament met for the first time in Dusseldorf last Wednesday, although the state of North Rhine-Westphalia voted just a week after Schleswig-Holstein. How could it be?

This is due to two different state constitutions. In the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the constituent session of Parliament is fixed no later than the twentieth day after the state elections. In Schleswig-Holstein, according to Article 19, paragraph 4, the State Parliament must meet no later than the thirtieth day after the election. So it will be the highest railroad: the deadline ends this Tuesday.

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Are there any other special features?

At least religious: Before the meeting, an interfaith service will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Pauluskirche in Niemannsweg. It is celebrated by the Protestant regional bishop Christina Konbaum-Schmidt, the Catholic Archbishop of Hamburg Stefan Hesse and members of the Jewish, Alevi and Muslim denominations.

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