Politicians from four German political parties in the east German state of Thuringia have chosen new election dates for the state premier and its parliament, during a meeting on Friday.

Elections for a new state premier will take place on March 4, 2020 and the parliamentary vote will take place on April 25, 2021.

The center-left Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens, the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the hard-left Die Linke (The Left) agreed the dates after a meeting in the state capital Erfurt.

The new elections are intended to bring an end to the political crisis in the state. It has been at the center of a controversy after the pro-business Free Democrat’s Thomas Kemmerich was elected as state premier with the backing of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) — breaking a political taboo in the country.

The four parties have also agreed upon a stability pact in order to prevent the AfD from being able to play king maker in the next government.

More to come…

kmm/aw (dpa, AFP)

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